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At least five people, including a woman, died after consuming spurious liquor on Saturday night in West Bengal's South 24 Parganas district.

Besides, 18 others who had consumed the spurious liquor, were hospitalised for treatment.

The incident took place in Radhaballavpur village of the district under Kultali police station, PTI reports.

This is the second incident in the district after the 2011 hooch tragedy that claimed more than 170 lives, mostly rickshaw pullers and labourers. Nearly 200 people of Sangrampur village in South 24 Parganas district were affected after consuming illegal country-made liquor in December that year.

Other major incidents were reported in 2009, when 47 people were killed in two different hooch tragedies, one in January and another in May.

While about 27 people died in Khidirpore port area in southwest Kolkata in the January incident, 20 people of the state's East Midnapore district lost their lives in the May incident. 

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