Six dead in latest suspected hooch tragedy in Bihar
In yet another suspected hooch tragedy in Bihar, at least six people have died and 12 taken ill after allegedly consuming spurious liquor in Gaya and Aurangabad districts over the last two days, police said on Tuesday.
Those taken ill, including two who have lost vision, have been admitted to Magadh Medical College and Hospital in Gaya.
Police confirmed the number of deaths and those taken ill, but said autopsy reports were awaited to ascertain the cause of deaths.
Gaya’s senior superintendent of police (SSP), Harpreet Kaur, could not be contacted. The person who answered her official phone said she was duty for the visit of chief minister Nitish Kumar, who incidentally was in the town on Tuesday to review the progress of a scheme related to Ganga water flow and a rubber dam over Falgu river.
Aurangabad SP Kantesh Kumar Mishra said ascertaining the cause of deaths was not possible as the family members had cremated the three bodies without autopsy.
“We have destroyed many illegal distilleries and arrested 67 suspected bootleggers in the last three days,” Mishra said, adding that all deaths have been reported from Madanpur block.
Earlier, on Sunday, three people had died after allegedly consuming spurious liquor at Raniganj village in the same block, locals said.
Sale and consumption of alcohol was completely banned in Bihar by the Nitish Kumar government in April 2016. Implementation, though, has remained marred by rampant illicit liquor trade.
This year alone, scores of hooch deaths have been reported from several districts in north Bihar.
Karnataka Animal Husbandry Minister Prabhu B Chavan appealed to people not to sacrifice cattle for the Bakrid festival while warning of stern action against the offenders. The Minister emphasised the Cow Slaughter Prohibition Act has already been in force in Karnataka. Generally, during the Bakrid festival, there is a tradition of sacrifice, for which livestock such as cow, ox, calf and camels are also used, said Chavan.
Chandigarh Chandigarh administrator Banwarilal Purohit on Wednesday gave in-principle approval for a synthetic running track at Sukhna Lake. UT adviser Dharam Pal, said, “The Chandigarh Heritage Conservation Committee had earlier given its go-ahead for the proposal. Next, the detailed plan and cost estimates will be prepared; and then, tenders will be floated for the project.” A UT official said the proposed track is part of the administration's efforts to give Sukhna Lake a major facelift.
The National Highway Authority of India has approved two over-bridges, which are likely to reduce travel time between Kalka and Zirakpur and alleviate traffic jams on the stretch by next year. NHAI has already floated tenders for the 60-m wide over-bridges, which will be constructed at a cost of ₹50 crore. It has invited bids for the “construction and site improvement of the four-lane national highway (NH-22) on the Zirakpur-Parwanoo junction.”
Fifteen students had a narrow escape after their school bus skidded into a waterlogged open drain in Daulat Singhwala village in Phabat area of Zirakpur. The bus, which was ferrying students of Blue Bird High School, Sector 16, Panchkula, was making way for another school bus when it skidded into the overflowing drain. The bus tilted in the drain, but passersby and parents were able to rescue the children through the driver's window.
Tricity residents woke up to heavy rainfall for the second time this month on Wednesday. Three people went missing after a taxi, shuttling two commuters, was swept away in a flashflood in the Patiala-Ki-Rao rivulet as the driver attempted to cross the causeway in Tanda Village near Nayagaon. The owner of the vehicle, Rakesh Kumar told the police that Gaurav had called him saying two people, travelling to Baddi, had booked his cab.