Prohibition Effect: Spurious liquor kills ten people in Bihar
Patna: Prohibition has taken its toll in Bihar. In the first incident of its kind, nearly four months after total prohibition in the state, as many as 10 persons have died due to consumption of spurious liquor.
Officials, however, refused to confirm that any hooch tragedy has taken place in the state.
Members of the deceased family do not toe the official line and claim that the officials do not accept their version because of fear of government's action against them on the charge of dereliction in duty . At least eleven police officials have been suspended under this charge
What District Administration said:
District Magistrate Rahul Kumar said that ten people have died so far and some others are getting medical treatment in Gopalganj Sadar Hospital but the cause of their death is yet to be ascertained.
“We are waiting for the postmortem reports,” said the DM and added “we have three different teams investigating into the case. We would be able to pinpoint the cause of deaths on the basis of these reports.”
Liquor consumption is banned in Bihar:
It may be recalled that Bihar has banned consumption and sale of all types of liquor since April 1 last. Under the new legislation there are several provisions which can sent one to jail. In one of the provisions all adult members of a house can be jailed if empty liquor bottle is found in the house
As many as 11,000 people have been arrested for alcohol storage, manufacturing and consumption after the implementation of the law.
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