Gopalganj hooch tragedy: 25 policemen suspended, six people arrested

Gopalganj hooch tragedy: While the first death was reported on Tuesday morning, the toll rose to 16 by Thursday.

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Updated: August 19, 2016 2:45 pm
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In the aftermath of Gopalganj hooch deaths, 25 policemen have been suspended, six people have been arrested and an FIR has been lodged against 14 people, news agency ANI reported Friday.

According to reports, the victims consumed spurious liquor on Monday night. While the first death was reported on Tuesday morning, the toll rose to 16 by Thursday.

Bihar government is coming down heavily on suspects responsible for the incident. On Thursday, Chief Minister Nitish Kumar had promised to punish the culprits “as per the new excise law.” Facing opposition flak over the hooch tragedy, Kumar did not rule out — for the first time since the deaths came to light — the possibility of spurious liquor leading to the deaths.

“So far, it is not clear what exactly caused the deaths in Gopalganj. If it is due to the consumption of spurious countrymade liquor, as reported, the culprits will not be spared. The culprits will be punished as per the new excise law,” Nitish Kumar said.

The Patna Medical College and Hospital records, obtained by The Indian Express, mentioned that one of the patients had “bled from the eyes”– which is considered to be a common symptom of drinking spurious liquor. The district administration has launched a probe into the incident and said that they were investigating the allegations over the deaths that might have happened due to spurious liquor. Gopalganj also happens to be the home district of RJD Chief Lalu Prasad Yadav who has said that people have to be more “vigilant” since “police checking is not possible everywhere.”

After the deaths, the administration has conducted massive raids and confiscated at least 300 litres of country liquor. The incident has become a major source of flak for Nitish Kumar’s government since it had enforced total prohibition in the state this April. The Bharatiya Janata Party has targeted Bihar CM saying that “Prohibition can be effective only when there is a rule of law.”

(with inputs from agencies)

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  1. J
    jai hind
    Aug 19, 2016 at 8:20 am
    It is foolhardy to try and implement prohibition ,
    1. Raghav Uchil
      Aug 19, 2016 at 5:10 am
      This was bound to happen. one cannot change the habit of people who drink by enacting stupid laws. This shud have been gradual process and access to drinks shud have been monitored by govt agencies over a period of time. More such incidents are going to happen in the coming days.
      1. S
        Aug 20, 2016 at 9:37 am
        This was to happen. we can't stop people to have drinks. There are people who have occasionally but under Nitish Government regime i.e. Draconian law, all are to be punished under new law. As per me this is totally against the consutional and fundamental rights. Prohibition is not the ultimate solution. People need to be educated and counselled. Jai Hind, Jai Bihar, Jai Bharat.
        1. A
          Aug 19, 2016 at 8:50 am
          Non of the governments or the Prohibition activists realize how foolish it is bring in phrobition laws