Lonely Planet Writer

Mumbai suburbs a hotbed of hooch production

Mangroves on the outskirts of Mumbai.
Mangroves on the outskirts of Mumbai. Image by Senorhorst Jahnsen / CC BY 2.0

The tragic death of 102 people from drinking toxic hooch in the Indian state of Maharashtra has cast a spotlight on the huge illegal alcohol business operating in the suburbs of Mumbai. Mafia gangs are believed to be producing vast quantities of illegal moonshine, fortified with industrial ethanol or methanol, in the mangrove swamps surrounding India’s largest city. The illegal hooch is then smuggled into the city inside tyre inner tubes and sold from small shops in the slums, sometimes with deadly consequences. Read more: timesofindia.indiatimes.com