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Main accused in Bihar hooch tragedy arrested, 1,000 litres of liquor seized

The main accused in the Gopalganj hooch tragedy that claimed 18 lives in Khajurbanni locality of Gopalganj, Nagina Pasi alias Choudhari, was arrested on Saturday.

india Updated: Aug 21, 2016 00:07 IST
Avinash Kumar
Bihar hooch tragedy
Police destroyed several liquor cans and recovered raw materials used for making illicit liquor.(PTI File Photo)

The main accused in the Gopalganj hooch tragedy that claimed 18 lives in Khajurbanni locality of Gopalganj, Nagina Pasi alias Choudhari, was arrested on Saturday.

Twenty-five policemen, including the SHO of Gopalganj town police station, have been suspended for dereliction of duty following the hooch tragedy.

Confirming the arrest of Pasi, Saran range deputy inspector general (DIG) Ajit Kumar Rai said, police were interrogating him. His brother, Lal Babu Choudhary, also an accused in the case, had been arrested from Deoria in neighbouring Uttar Pradesh, where he had fled after the incident, Rai said

Meanwhile, the police used JCB machines to unearth more than 1,000 litres of country liquor in Kajurbanni locality in the last 24 hours and arrested 16 persons across the district.

Sources said police destroyed several liquor tanks underground and recovered raw materials used for making illicit liquor.

Gopalganj district magistrate (DM) Rahul Kumar said the search operations are still on.

Three of the four people undergoing treatment in Patna Medical College Hospital (PMCH), after consuming illicit liquor, are said to have lost their vision. Of the six people transferred from Gopalganj Sadar Hospital to the PCMH in a critical condition, Munna Kumar and Nasir Alam died on Thursday.