Kakdwip: With the death of one person today, the hooch death toll in South 24 Parganas district shot upto five even as 20 others were undergoing treatment.
Police said one person from Ramgopalpur died at Diamond Harbour Hospital this morning taking the toll to five in the district in past three days.
Three persons died on Tuesday itself at Ramgopalpur, with two having died on the spot and one on Tuesday night at the Diamond Harbour Hospital.
Another person, hailing from Madhusudanpur in Kultali, succumbed yesterday at the same hospital.
An estimated 20 persons fell sick after consuming the hooch from joints in the two localities of Kakdwip and Kultali on Tuesday.
Sixteen of those having fallen ill have been admitted to the Diamond Harbour hospital, while four have been admitted to Kakdwip hospital, police said.
All the victims and ailing persons are daily wage earners.
Police claimed that two owners of hooch dens were arrested today.