Bareilly: A 55-year-old man died an hour after he consumed four quarters of country-made liquor within 10 minutes as part of a bet.

The deceased was identified as Rajendra Singh and he died an hour later after he returned home. The incident happened in a village in Izzatnagar area of Bareilly district on Friday morning, a leading new daily report read.

Singh’s nephew Pradeep had placed a bet to drink liquor within 20 minutes in the presence of nine others, including Singh's son Dharmendra.

The person who would lose the bet was supposed to pay for all eight quarters, which were bought from a youth named Khayaliram.

Son Dharmendra said his father drank the liquor within 10 minutes without adding any water and won the bet. He then returned home and slept. 

However, a while later, Singh started vomiting blood and died before they could call for medical help.

"I am not sure exactly what happened to my father after drinking alcohol. He was forced by Pradeep to place a bet and the liquor was brought by someone else. We have filed a complaint with the police to identify the reason behind my father's death and take action against the guilty," the deceased's son was quoted as saying in the report.

SHO of Izatnagar police station, AK Verma, said, “Prima facie it appears that Rajendra died due to excessive drinking. We have sent the body for autopsy. We have detained Pradeep." Verma also added, “Pradeep does not seem to be guilty of poisoning Rajendra.” He said they have recorded the statement of all the people present when the bet was placed. "We are waiting for the autopsy report before coming to any conclusion," Verma added.