PESHAWAR – At least five persons were killed and three others fell unconscious after consuming toxic liquor in Peshawar on Wednesday.

Pishtakhara police said the condition of five persons named Qaiser, Raja, Riaz, Victor and Kamal, resident of Gul Burg and Swati Pattack deteriorated after consuming toxic liquor and died at the hospital.

Police said condition of three other victims was stated to be critical and were being treated at a local hospital.

SP Cantonment Malik Imran told media that crackdown against elements involved in the sale of poisonous liquor has been intensified and two persons arrested in this connection. He said investigation into the incident was underway.

The bodies were handed over to the victims’ families after medical examination. The family members of the deceased protested and demanded PTI government to impose complete ban on the sale of contaminated liquor.

Earlier, as many as 35 people died after consuming toxic liquor in Toba Tek Singh, where around 105 persons consumed the home-made liquor and went unconscious.