Toba Tek Singh (Staff report): Police have said the culprits sold aftershave lotion as liquor that claimed lives of at least 44 people in Toba Tek Singh.

Addressing a press conference, DPO Usman Akram Gondal said that the deaths were caused by drinking aftershave lotion not liquor.

The suspects, Iqbal, Kamran and Adeel, knew that aftershave is intoxicating because of the presence of spirit in it, the DPO said and added the culprits purchased 20 liters of aftershave lotion from Shorkot and sold it as liquor after adulterating it with chemicals.

He also claimed to have launched raids for the detention of the culprits however, prime suspect Sawan Masih among five others have been arrested.

The death toll from consumption of this toxic mixture rose to 44 on Wednesday. Around 30 affectees still remain under treatment at DHQ Toba Tek Singh and Allied Hospital Faisalabad.