Bihar Hooch Tragedy: 11 dead, more than 12 blinded in Saran Nagar; Questions raised about the ban
Jan Adhikar Party leader Pappu Yadav attends to a sick man after allegedly consuming adulterated liquor at the PMCH in Patna, Saran district of Bihar, on Friday, August 05, 2022. (PTI photo)
New Delhi: At least 11 people died and more than two dozen lost their eyesight after drinking spurious liquor in the arid state of Bihar’s Saran district.
The state has seen more than 50 deaths in hooch tragedies since November 2021. Earlier in JanuACHI, Charan reported five deaths due to fake liquor and in July, two died in Patna. These frequent hooch deaths have raised questions about the Nitish Kumar government’s decision to ban liquor.
On Friday, all the cases were reported from villages under Maker police station area and more than 10 people were seriously ill, Saran District Magistrate Rajesh Meena said.
“Primarily, it appears that the villagers consumed fake liquor. Two deaths occurred at the Patna Medical College and Hospital (PMCH), where five people died, where critically ill patients were referred on Thursday. PTI He quoted Meena as saying.
Saran Superintendent of Police Santosh Kumar said, “We are conducting raids in Maker, Marhaura and Peldi police station areas to nab the suspected robbers. We will be able to tell the number of arrests after the operation is over,” he said.
Asked when the deceased and the sick had consumed alcohol, the SP said it would be known after the investigation. “Family members have not been informed,” he said.
Nitish Kumar’s top aide, state minister Ashok ChaudhACHI told reporters in Patna that all the accused would be arrested and brought to justice. “Action will be taken against the police officials who led to this incident”.
Asked about questions being raised about the feasibility of a ban in light of the ongoing hooch cases, Chowdhury said, “Dowry deaths have not stopped, rapes have not. But that doesn’t mean we’re doing away with laws against these crimes.
In April 2016, the Nitish Kumar government imposed a total ban on the sale and consumption of alcohol in Bihar following the chief minister’s election promise to Bihar women ahead of the state elections held the previous year.
However, the implementation of the draconian prohibition law has often been criticized by the opposition, the courts and ruling coalition parties such as former Chief Minister Jitan Ram Manjhi.
(with PTI inputs)