Amid Liquor Ban In Bihar, Hooch Tragedy Killed 10


Patna: The death toll from consuming spurious liquor in Bihar’s Gopalganj district rose to 10 today morning with 5 more people losing their lives in the past 12 hours. The first incident happened on Tuesday afternoon after five people were admitted at the civil hospital complaining of uneasiness and vomiting.

The incident took place in Harkhua Khajurbani locality in Gopalganj town. After consuming the liquor, the locals started complaining of stomach pain and began vomiting. Soon they were rushed to the hospital for treatment. Few victims were also taken to private hospital in neighboring Gorakhpur in Uttar Pradesh for treatment. In the middle of the treatment five people died by late evening and overnight five more deaths took place raising the death toll to 10.

Locals and family members allege that the deaths took place after these people consumed spurious liquor. However, the district administration till late Tuesday night asserted that the deaths took place due to other reasons and not consuming spurious liquor. Gopalganj DM Rahul Kumar speaking to India Today on Tuesday night, over phone had said that the deaths were not a fall out of spurious liquor consumption.

On Wednesday morning, when the death toll rose to 10, the administration immediately constituted a three member committee to probe the deaths. The persons who have died in the hooch tragedy are Parmanand Mahto (54), Mantu Giri (34), Shashi Kant Mahto (24), Dinesh Mahto (40), Umesh Chauhan (34), Ramji Sharma (46), Manoj Sah (23).

This is the first big incident of hooch tragedy deaths that have taken place in Bihar after prohibition was imposed in the state in April this year.