Bihar’s Hooch Tragedy: 17 people died in Bhagalpur, 12 in Banka, 4 in Madhepura and 2 in Siwan. Few people who survived have reportedly lost their eyesight.
Bihar’s Hooch Tragedy: It’s been four days since the tragic deaths in Bihar’s different districts occurred. The alleged hooch death tragedy claimed at least 30 lives in Bihar since Holi in Madhepura, Bhagalpur, Banka and Siwan district.17 people died in Bhagalpur, 12 in Banka, 4 in Madhepura and 2 in Siwan. Few people who survived have reportedly lost their eyesight.
The Police department is not willing to recognize incidents of hooch tragedy as it may exemplify their failure in an alcohol banned state. Bhagalpur sub-divisional police officer (SDPO), Prakash Kumar, Murliganj station house officer (SHO), Raj Kishor Mandal, and Superintendent of Police of Madhepura, Rajesh Kumar, all denied the allegation that people died after the consuming spurious alcohol.
Banka superintendent of police (SP) Arvind Kumar Gupta said, “I have come to know about the deaths through media and I have constituted a team to probe the matter. Police are investigating the deaths from all possible angles but so far we haven’t got any clue.”
Kins of the deceased’s of Madhepura, however, have said to the media that those who died had consumed alcohol during Holi celebration.
Bihar’s Hooch Tragedy: What Does Police Say?
When a journalist asked the Madhepura SP over the matter, he answered, “whatever has come in the probe, it indicated that the deaths occurred due to disease. It is not just me, even the doctors who examined them have certified this. Deceased’s family members have said that they died due to disease, so we did not inform the police and we have performed the cremation and have no grievances from anyone.”
When journalist asked again, how it is known without postmortem? The SP Madhepura answered.” Kins of the victims must have the idea how they have died.”
The Congress MLA from Bhagalpur, Ajeet Sharma while targeting the Nitish government over the tragedy, said: “Over 14 people have died in Bhagalpur alone due to consumption of spurious liquor during the last few months and administration is doing everything possible to suppress the news.”
On 26 November 2015, Bihar Chief Minister, Nitish Kumar had announced alcohol ban in the state from 1st April 2016.