The first of the deaths were reported on Thursday and by late Saturday, 37 had died in Saharanpur district of western Uttar Pradesh, 11 in Kushinagar district of eastern UP while another 31 had succumbed to the poisoning in Balupur and neighbouring villages in Uttarakhand's Haridwar district.
Twenty-two people were admitted to hospitals in Saharanpur but were in stable condition, Pandey said.
All the victims, who were in the age group of 35 to 55 years, belong to Bindu, Kharak, Baalupur and Bhalaswagaj villages, located in Bhagwanpur area of Haridwar district bordering Saharanpur district, where the toll was even higher.
At least 72 people have died and several others fallen sick from drinking illegally-brewed liquor containing toxic methanol in several villages in the northern India, officials said.
According to officials, the people from two districts have purchased the liquor from a common shop.
The victims had consumed the liquor at the "tehravin" - the 13th day of mourning - to mark a death, officials had said.
This may have led to more casualties, official said, but the investigation into this is still on. At least nine people have been suspended in connection with the case, added Kumar.
The death toll in two incidents in Uttar Pradesh alone has gone up to 17.
"A case pertaining to deaths due to consumption of illicit liquor has been reported in Roorkee".
Spurious alcohol deaths are often reported in India, where people often drink cheap country made bootleg liquor.
The Saharanpur police, suspecting that the alcohol may have come from the same source, arrested 30 people, many of them bootleggers. He has also announced an ex-gratia of Rs 2 lakh to the next of kin of each of those who died and Rs 50,000 each for those undergoing treatment in hospitals.
Taking strong note of some recent hooch deaths in the state, Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath Friday ordered a 15 day joint drive by excise and police officials against those involved in the spurious liquor trade.