17 Dec 2022

Bihar Hooch Tragedy: After Saran Chhapra, Deaths Reported From Siwan, Begusarai

Siwan (Bihar): Days after the spurious liquor tragedy in Bihar's Chhapra (Saran district) claimed over 50 lives, at least 5 people died after allegedly consuming poisonous liquor in the adjoining Siwan district in the state, while one death has been reported from Begusarai.

Kin of deceased hold protest: All five deceased are residents of Brahsthan and Sondhani villages of Bhagwanpur Police Station area.  Irate family members of the deceased blocked the Siwan-Chapra Malmalia main road and held a protest. The distance between Siwan and Chhapra is around 10 kilometres.

The deceased have been identified as Mahesh Rai (40), Sambhu Yadav (36), Amir Manjhi (45), and Awadh Manjhi (36) of Brahmasthan Village while Ramendra Pandit hailed from Sondhani village.

Death toll may go up: Locals said the death toll is expected to go up and the condition of some people is stated to be serious.

One dies in Begusarai: Meanwhile, in the Begusarai district, the administration swung into action after one person reportedly died allegedly after consuming liquor. Two persons identified as Deepak Kumar and Shivam Kumar - who consumed alcohol with the deceased, are being interrogated by police. A third person Sandeep, who drank with them has been referred to Patna hospital in a critical condition.

The deaths have created an uproar both at the state and national levels as the sale and consumption of alcohol have been banned in Bihar by the Nitish Kumar government since April 2016.

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