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There's home delivery of liquor in Bihar, ban a flop: Lalu

Rohtas hooch tragedy illicit liquor liquor ban bihar liquor ban illegal liquor india news indian express The deaths were reported from Danwar village under Kachhwa police station late last night
Melinda Barton | 30 October, 2017, 11:21

Confirming the deaths, Rohtas SP Manavjit Singh Dhillon said the Station House Officer (SHO) has been suspended in light of the incident. "Liquor was being sold in the village with the help of local police", a villager said.

It must be recalled that liquor was banned in Bihar in April previous year.

At least four persons died and two others were battling for life on Saturday after consuming spurious liquor at Danwar village in Rohtas district of Bihar, which was declared a dry State in April a year ago.

Replying to a query, the DIG said, "The post-mortem report is yet to be out, but prima facie the deaths appear to have been caused by consumption of spurious liquor".

The angry locals then staged a protest demonstration for several hours, demanding action against the local cops for "shielding illegal liquor business in the area".

According to the police, the incident took place at the Danwar village under Kachhawa police station, almost 120 km from the capital, Patna, late on Friday night."Six villagers were drinking liquor".

RJD leader Tejashwi Yadav today took a swipe at Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar for his party's decision to contest "four-five seats" in the Gujarat Assembly polls and wondered why he was fighting for a "losing" battle. The first hooch tragedy occurred at Gopalganj in August 16, 2016, soon after the ban came into force. We (RJD) were then a coalition partner in the government and had supported Nitish Kumar's move. "He needed an issue on the basis of which he could market himself outside Bihar". Now, they are in power in the state. "The police didn't immediately respond when people reported the matter". Despite the strict anti-liquor law, many people have died in the state due to spurious liquor consumption.

"The people of the state will give a befitting lesson to this corrupt and inefficient government at an appropriate time", Yadav added.