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Spurious liquor in Bihar continues to claim lives, toll mounts to 30

Chapra (Bihar): As many as 30 people have died after consuming spurious liquor in the Chapra area of Bihar’s Saran district. The alarming rate of deaths have sent shockwaves to the nation, resulting counter charges of state govenrment and Opposition in the state Assembly. In 2016, the Nitish Kumar-led government banned selling and consuming alcohol. […]

Edited By : Pranjal Gupta | Updated: Dec 15, 2022 12:04 IST
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Bihar Hooch Tragedy: NHRC deputes own team to probe matter

Chapra (Bihar): As many as 30 people have died after consuming spurious liquor in the Chapra area of Bihar’s Saran district. The alarming rate of deaths have sent shockwaves to the nation, resulting counter charges of state govenrment and Opposition in the state Assembly.

In 2016, the Nitish Kumar-led government banned selling and consuming alcohol. Those who died complained about uneasiness, nausea, breathlessness, stomach pain and blurry vision, according to media reports.

After initiating the probe, the police have arrested at least three people during the raid.

Suspenision Ordered

Following the Hooch tragedy, Departmental action and transfer of Marhaura Sub-Divisional Police Officer, Yogendra Kumar recommended and Masrakh SHO Ritesh Mishra and Constable Vikesh Tiwari suspended with immediate effect.

As per a report by the PTI, the incidents were reported from Mashrak and Isuapur. An official from the district administration informed us that several teams have been formed in order to probe the matter.

These teams will visit the affected areas and monitor the situation. They will interact with and talk to those who might have served illicit liquor.

Dead Bodies Kept On Road To Protest

The deaths have caused panic in the village, putting locals in a shocking state. Following unpredictable deaths, the family and relatives of the deceased displayed dead bodies on Masrakh Hanuman Chowk on State Highway  of

They caused a traffic jam by blocking the road during the protest. Slogans were raised against the district administration. Following which a heavy security was deployed.

BJP vs. Nitish Kumar in the Assembly

In the Bihar Assembly on Wednesday, Chief Minister Nitish Kumar lost his temper when Leader of the Opposition (LoP) Vijay Kumar Sinha questioned the liquor ban.

In a video of the Assembly, the CM can be seen shouting angrily amid a loud chant of anti-government slogans. Pointing out at the Bhartiya Janata Party (BJP) MLAs, he said, “Sharabi ho gaye ho tum…(you are drunk)”.

In reply to his comment, BJP MP Sushil Kumar Modi said, “The tenure of Nitish Kumar is over. He has lost his memory. He calls Prashant Kishor and BJP MLAs as ‘tu’, ‘tum’. It happened earlier as well. He loses his temper very often now. But his disposition was not like this before.”

However, the BJP’s protest did not end in the Parliament but it was taken outside the House as well.

First published on: Dec 15, 2022 12:02 PM IST

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