Nalanda hooch tragedy: CCA to be invoked against accused
Amid widespread outrage over the suspected hooch tragedy has left 13 people dead so far since Friday last, top officials of the Bihar government on Monday visited Nalanda and directed the local police too book all accused under the stringent Crime Control Act (CCA) and ensure an expeditious trial of the case, police sources said.
On Friday night, 35-40 people in Hiranya Parvat area falling under Sohsarai police station limits of Nalanda district allegedly consumed spurious liquor, leading to the death of 13 of them and loss of vision for two of them, in the latest such incident over the past few months in the state where total liquor ban was imposed in April 2016.
On Monday, additional chief secretary (prohibition, excise and registration) KK Pathak, home secretary K Santhil Kumar, excise commissioner B Kartikey Dhanji, additional director general (law and order) Sanjay Singh, inspector general (prohibition) Amrit Raj and IG (central range) Rakesh Rathi reached Biharsharif town, the headquarter of Nalanda district, and held a meeting with local officials.
Nalanda district magistrate Shashank Subhankar told HT that police have so far registered six separate FIRs (first information report) and arrested six persons, including one of the wanted liquor suppliers, who goes by the name of Karoo.
Subhankar, however, said autopsy reports for the 13 dead were still awaited.
Parts of Delhi receive light rain on Friday, bringing some relief from the scorching heat over the past few days. Stormy weather was also reported from some areas of Noida. Citizens of the national capital had woken up to a warm morning with the minimum temperature settling two notches above normal at 28.2 degrees Celsius, according to the India Meteorological Department.
Amritsar North Aam Aadmi Party MLA and former IPS officer Kunwar Vijay Partap Singh on Friday urged Punjab chief minister Bhagwant Mann to deal with the Kotkapura and Behbal Kalan police firing incidents with a strong hand as the accused are trying hard to get acquitted. In a letter to Mann, Kunwar Vijay laid emphasis on defending petitions pending in the high court and proceeding with the trial in the Faridkot sessions court.
After a last-ditch effort to get some time to surrender didn't work, cricketer-turned-politician Navjot Singh Sidhu on Friday surrendered before the court of Patiala's chief judicial magistrate. Sidhu started at 3.50pm from home and reached the court complex with a group of supporters. Sidhu is expected to be lodged at the Patiala central jail that has been prepping for the new inmate. Sidhu's archrival Bikram Singh Majithia is also lodged in the Patiala Jail.
The Centre on Friday appointed 1998 batch IAS officer Gyanesh Bharti as the new commissioner of unified Municipal Corporation of Delhi, the ministry of home affairs said. The Centre has appointed 1992 batch IAS officer Ashwani Kumar as the special officer in the unified MCD.
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