Hooch tragedy claims four lives in Bihar, 8 cops suspended

Tejashwi attacks Nitish govt
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28 Oct 2017

Four persons died after consuming spurious liquor in Rohtas district of Bihar following which eight police officials have been placed under suspension, a top police official said.
The Nitish Kumar government had imposed a complete ban on sale and consumption of alcohol in Bihar in April last year.
All the constables posted in Kachhwa police station area have also been transferred, the police official said.
"The deaths had taken place in Danwar village falling under the police station area late last night" DIG, Shahabad Range, Mohd Rehman told PTI over phone from Rohtas.
An FIR has been lodged against three persons who were suspected to have brought the illicit liquor into the village and "we hope to catch hold of all of them soon", Rehman said.
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 condition of those who have fallen ill and undergoing treatment at hospitals suggests the same," he said.
Earlier in the day, angry villagers had staged a demonstration at Danwar demanding action against those responsible for facilitating hooch trade in the area.
Meanwhile, the opposition Rashtriya Janata Dal in the state has alleged that "illegal trade is flourishing in the state at the cost of poor people".
"Thousands of crores of rupees are pocketed every month in the state by illicit liquor traders and their facilitators in the administration. Chief Minister Nitish Kumar seems to have surrendered before this lobby", RJD spokesman and MLA Shakti Yadav said in a statement.
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".
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. Eight police officials have been suspended in connection with it.
Speaking to reporters, Yadav, who is also the Leader of Opposition in Bihar assembly said, "What has happened in Rohtas is not the first incident of its kind since the complete prohibition was announced in Bihar. We (RJD) were then a coalition partner in the government and had supported Nitish Kumar's move. But as things have turned out, prohibition seems to have been implemented only on paper", Yadav told reporters.
He said it appears that Kumar had announced prohibition only because of the "prime ministerial ambitions that he nursed at that time". "He needed an issue on the basis of which he could market himself outside Bihar."
"Kumar used to hold meetings in states like Uttar Pradesh, Jharkhand, Chhattisgarh, Madhya Pradesh to press the demand for complete prohibition across the country. Now as an ally of the BJP, which is in power in all these states, can he hold similar public gatherings in these states ?" Yadav asked.
Training his guns at BJP, Yadav said "Kumar's current allies used to call the prohibition law in Bihar draconian.
Now they are in power in the state. How will the ruling dispensation now muster the moral strength required to strictly enforce the ban on sale and consumption of liquor?"
He said the suspension of police officials after the death of four persons in the liquor tragedy is "an eyewash".
"The people of the state will give a befitting lesson to this corrupt and inefficient government at an appropriate time," Yadav added. (PTI)