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Bihar hooch tragedy claims 18 lives

IANS  Patna, December 08, 2012
First Published: 15:03 IST(8/12/2012) | Last Updated: 15:07 IST(8/12/2012)

The death toll from consuming moonshine in Bihar rose to 18 on Saturday morning with 11 more people losing their lives in the past 24 hours, police said.



"Nine people, including four woman, died late on Thursday night after they consumed spurious liquor and later three died Friday and six early Saturday," a police official said.

The first incident happened late on Thursday in Anitha village in Bhojpur district. After consuming the liquor, the villagers started complaining of stomach pain and began vomiting.

Bhojpur Superintendent of police MR Nayak said that 16 people were arrested in this connection. "More arrest will take place as police raids are going on," he said.

District Magistrate Pratima S Verma said that a six member committee had been constituted to probe into the incident.

Communist Party of India-Marxist-Leninist (CPI-ML) is protesting the incident and are on a day long strike.

"Workers of the CPI-ML have disrupted rail traffic to ensure their strike against death of 18 people in hooch tragedy," a police official said.

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