Bihar liquor tragedy: Death toll rises to 70 in Chhapra, days after CM Nitish Kumar refused to give ex-gratia
The death toll due to consumption of spurious liquor in Bihar’s Chhapra district has now rose from 66 to 70. Significantly, apart from Chhapra, deaths due to alcohol have also taken place in Saran, Siwan and Begusarai districts in the state.
The spurious liquor tragedy in Hooch Chhapra was reported on Wednesday after several people were admitted to the hospital after they consumed the poisonous liquor. The incident reportedly transpired in Chhapra’s Mashrak area.
SIT of 31 cops constituted
At the same time, an Special Investigation Team (SIT) has been formed to investigate the spurious liquor tragedy. An additional SP will lead this team. Superintendent of Police Santosh Kumar told the media that a total of 31 police officers have been included in the SIT. It also includes three DSP level officers. Saran’s DM Rajesh Meena said on Thursday that in the last 48 hours, 126 liquor traders have been arrested by conducting raids across the district. At the same time, more than 4000 liters of illicit liquor has also been seized. In this case, arrest of some people has also come to the fore.
The initial reports suggested fewer deaths, however, as days went on, the toll of fatalities due to the spurious liquor grew as well. The victims who consumed the poisonous liquor were admitted to the hospital where their health deteriorated as they fell victim to the spurious liquor.
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Earlier, on Wednesday, Bihar Chief Minister, Nitish Kumar refused to provide ex-gratia to the bereaved families. The Bihar CM in his statement to the press addressed that people have been dying after consuming spurious liquor. Everyone should be vigilant because when liquor is banned, illicit liquor will be sold. He further added that those who drink alcohol are likely to die and people should be made aware of this fact.
According to reports, two people including SHO Ritesh Mishra have been suspended in light of the case. An SIT has also been formed to probe and investigate the matter further. It was previously reported that approximately 20 people have been taken into custody.
The JDU-RJD government faced a lot of flak and criticism from the Bharatiya Janata Party in the Assembly, as well as outside of the house too. The BJP raised alarms about the negligence and inadequacies in imposing the liquor ban which was highlighted by the hooch tragedy as the death toll continue to soar.
It is notable to know that to Bihar Government imposed a ban on liquor sales back in 2016 and the sale of liquor is termed as illegal in the state.
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