Indonesian police vow crackdown — Made alcohol

23 die after drinking home-made alcohol in Indonesia

Indonesian police remove bottles of illegal alcohol from a house in Cicalengka district in West Java province on April 8, 2018.

On Tuesday, authorities said at least 90 people have died over the past two weeks in Jakarta, West Java province and easternmost Papua, while dozens more are in critical condition in hospital from drinking tainted booze.

"This is a insane phenomenon", said Syafruddin, standing in front of seven handcuffed suspects at a press conference. Police had to get to the roots of the rampant use and distribution of the liquor, and perpetrators should face maximum punishment.

Jakarta police spokesman Argo Yuwono said Monday that another 31 people have died in Jakarta and its satellite cities of Depok and Bekasi from alcohol poisoning in separate incidents since the beginning of the month.

"We have to stop this, " he said, pledging to resort to "scorched earth" measures to tackle the scourge.

It's unclear how effective the crackdown will be. There will be zero bootleg liquor in Indonesia.

Police escort a suspect involved the making of toxic bootleg alcohol after a press conference in Jakarta, Indonesia.

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South Jakarta Police Chief Commissioner Indra Jafar told Anadolu Agency that lab results showed that the home-distilled drink consumed by the victims in Jakarta contained methanol and ethanol.

Police on Wednesday said 82 people died on Indonesia's Java island after drinking home-made alcohol.

Deaths from toxic alcohol are common in Indonesia and foreigners are occasionally among the victims.

But the latest cluster of fatalities is extreme, leading to speculation that a single large distributor was responsible.

The Kompas newspaper said there were 32 deaths previous year from drinking bootleg liquor.

Police have arrested at least four suspects in the Jakarta area who are accused of selling tainted liquor.

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