Two arrested in Rohtas hooch tragedy: DGP

At least five men died after cosuming spurious liquor in Rohtas Bihar

Four persons had died after drinking spurious liquor last night at Danwar village of Rohtas district of Bihar, where a complete prohibition was clamped in April 2016.

He said the suspension of police officials after the death of four persons in the liquor tragedy is "an eyewash".

According to reports, the Station House Officer (SHO) was suspended in connection with the incident.

All the constables posted in Kachhwa police station area have also been transferred, the police official said.

Villagers said all the eight people had consumed liquor in the village and told their family about it after they developed symptoms of nausea, headache, vomiting and uneasiness in the evening. "Preliminary investigations reveal that it's a case of consuming spurious liquor", SK Singhal, ADG (Headquarters), said. "Raids are being carried in the area to apprehend the culprits involved in manufacturing illicit liquor", Singhal added.

The DIG along with the District Magistrate and the Superintendent of Police reached the spot to take stock of the situation.

It was only after the top cops cracked down on local police that protesting locals, who had blocked the Piro-Nasriganj state highway for over two hours, agreed to clear the road.

"The condition of those who have fallen ill and undergoing treatment at hospitals suggests the same", the DIG said.

RJD leader Tejashwi Yadav attacked the Nitish Kumar government over the hooch tragedy in Bihar's Rohtas district, which has claimed four lives, and charged that the ban on sale and consumption of alcohol in the state was "only on paper".

Despite the stringent anti-liquor law, illegal trade of the banned brew continues clandestinely in many pockets of the state.



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