Death Toll in Bihar's Gopalganj Hooch Tragedy Rises to 16
The incident exposed that despite total prohibition on liquor consumption in Bihar since April 5 this year, alcohol is available in the black market.
A file image of spurious liquor being prepared
Patna: The toll in the hooch tragedy in Bihar's Gopalganj district has risen to 16 on Thursday, even as Chief Minister Nitish Kumar announced tough action against those responsible for it, including manufacturers of liquor banned in the state.
Nitish Kumar told media here that if it was found that deaths in Gopalganj were due to spurious liquor consumption, the culprits will not be spared.
The Chief Minister said: "I have directed the state police chief, concerned department principal secretary and chief of the excise to examine all reports, including medical and viscera. Besides talking to the families of the victims and studying the reports in the media to reach a conclusion."
The administration on Wednesday morning had ordered probe after families had claimed it to be a hooch tragedy.
Their condition had deteriorated on Tuesday night and they were rushed to hospital.
Rahul Kumar, Gopalganj District Magistrate, had constituted a three-member team on Wednesday and launched a probe. Gopalganj Superintendent of Police Ravi Ranjan had refuted the rumours of spurious liquor.
Additional Director General of Police Sunil Kumar had said at least 4,707 people were arrested during the last four months and 3,719 FIRs were lodged in connection with flouting of the liquor ban.
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