The Bihar hooch tragedy toll climbed to twenty-eight with two extra deaths reported, a high Saran district official mentioned.
Saran District Justice of the Peace Rajesh Meena instructed PTI, “The suspected hooch death has increased to 28 (till Thursday night) in the district”.
The DM mentioned that motion has additionally been initiated in opposition to officers involved.
“We have also conducted intensive raids across the district in the last 48 hours and nabbed 126 hooch traders. More than 4,000 litres of illicit liquor have also been seized,” he instructed reporters on Thursday.
Superintendent of Police Santosh Kumar, had declined to disclose whether or not the arrested individuals included these immediately concerned within the newest hooch case, saying that “the matter is still under investigation and disclosing much at this stage could hamper the probe”.
“For speedy investigation, an SIT consisting of 31 police officials, headed by an additional SP and including three deputy SPs, has also been set up”, the district Justice of the Peace had mentioned.
The DM and the SP additionally appealed to the folks to come back ahead “with any relevant information they might have, without any fear of reprisal”. Sale and consumption of alcohol was fully banned in Bihar by the Nitish Kumar authorities in April, 2016.
In the meantime, the opposition BJP on Friday alleged that the federal government is hiding the full variety of deaths within the hooch tragedy.
Speaking to PTI, Chief of Opposition in Bihar Meeting, Vijay Kumar Sinha on Friday mentioned, “Spurious liquor sale has been flourishing in Bihar under the protection of police officers and state administration despite prohibition in place. But the chief minister is silent and he does not take any action against the accused.”
“The Saran incident is a mass murder by the government and the state administration is responsible for it. We (BJP MLAs) visited the affected areas in Saran on Thursday, the number of deaths is much higher than the figure that is being provided by the district administration. We will again raise this issue in the Assembly on Friday,” Sinha mentioned.
Chief Minister Nitish Kumar on Thursday warned that if folks drink spurious liquor, they may die.
The chief minister’s blunt feedback got here as his coverage of prohibition got here below assault from many quarters together with from his former political strategist turned activist Prashant Kishor, who demanded scrapping of the prohibition legislation.
“Jo piyega woh marega” (those that drink spurious alcohol will die), thundered Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar as he stood his floor sustaining that prohibition was not my private want however a response to the cries of the ladies of the state.
Kumar when he introduced in prohibition had received reward from many ladies’s teams who felt it could save their men-folk from the “curse of drunkenness and save homes from financial ruin.
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