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HindustanTimes Sun,20 Apr 2014

At ‘Neknampur’, spurious liqour brewed in hospital!

Ajay Kumar, Hindustan Times  Muzaffarpur, October 03, 2012
First Published: 15:52 IST(3/10/2012) | Last Updated: 16:06 IST(3/10/2012)

It’s possible in Bihar, that government buildings are used as a centre for any sort of illegal trade!

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Sounds incredible? Unfortunately, that is true!

This startling fact surfaced during an investigation into a hooch tragedy in the north Bihar district of Muzaffarpur, 75 kms north-east of Patna, which claimed twelve lives late on Sunday night.

Not only the investigating team, but also the district magistrate (DM) and senior superintendent of police (SSP) of Muzaffarpur, who investigated the incident at Neknampur village in the wake of violent protests following the deaths, were dumb founded, when they found that the spurious liqour was being brewed in a local government building.

“Areh, yeh to government building hai “(Hey, this is a government building),” DM Santosh Kumar Mall is reported to have exclaimed at the discovery, when the locals requested him to inspect the site.

The building was identified as an additional primary health centre, which had been lying closed for the last two or three months. Mall ordered the officials to seal the building and to post a full time auxiliary nurse.

Most interestingly, officials of the health department informed that the building constructed earlier by the public works department was meant to offer health services. However, the department had not taken over the charge of the building since the complement of staff, including doctors, nurses and para medics, had not been appointed, they informed.

The district magistrate has ordered a magisterial inquiry into the unfortunate incident. ADM Sudhir Kumar Singh would lead the inquiry team, he said.

“The team will thoroughly probe the circumstances leading to the deaths and pin responsibility on persons running the racket. It will also investigate, whether the racketeers enjoy any patronage or were acting on their own,” Mall added.

The team of officials of the district administration, excise superintendent, etc, have been asked to submit their findings within the week.

A dozen persons, including a woman ward member of the local panchayat, Renu Devi, lost their lives after consuming spurious liqour at Neknampur under Deoaria police station of the district late on Sunday night.

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