Four people were killed and several others hospitalised in Andhra Pradesh's Gajuwaka on Sunday after consuming a toxic liquid, probably an industrial spirit that they mistook as alcohol, police said.
Police said they were all scrap vendors who stumbled upon a plastic can containing the liquid in a dump yard. Presuming it to be alcohol, the men drank it.
District Collector K Bhaskar, police and excise officials visited the hospital where 11 people were admitted. Three were reported to be in critical condition.
The liquid samples have been sent for the examination.