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‘Hooch’ tragedy kills 13 in ‘dry’ Bihar, exposes Nitish’s campaign against liquor

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PATNA: At least 13 people died after allegedly consuming spurious liquor in Bihar now declared a “dry” State.

All the deaths were reported from Harkhuwa block in Gopalganj which is home district of RJD chief Lalu Prasad, police said today.

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The local district administration, though, confirmed only 10 deaths.

Villagers and victims’ families told the local media that the victims developed stomach ache and started vomiting son after consuming spurious liquor after which they were admitted to local hospital where they died one by one.

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The local administration, however, denied deaths due to liquor tragedy,

“We have sent blood sample for forensic test and are also awaiting autopsy report. Unless we get the report, we can’t confirm the reasons of death,” the local district magistrate Rahul Kumar told the local media today.

However, the recovery of large number of liquor bottles from the place of incident during a raid conducted by the police in the aftermath of the incident tells an entirely different story. The seized liquor bottles had been reportedly buried in the field.

The incident has exposed the Nitish Kumar government’s sustained campaign against liquor right since the total prohibition was imposed in April this year.

Added to this, the state government has come out with a harsh liquor law to curb ‘drinking’.

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