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Bihar hooch deaths: After nine policemen, axe set to fall on two excise officials

Rohtas district magistrate Animesh Parashar said he had recommended action against assistant excise commissioner and excise inspector (Bikramganj) for laxity on their part.  

patna Updated: Oct 29, 2017 19:56 IST
Avinash Kumar
Avinash Kumar
Hindustan Times, Patna
Bihar hooch tragedy,Rohtas district,Officials under fire
An illicit liquory manfucaturing unit being destroyed in Bihar’s Rohtas district. (HT photo)

After nine policemen were suspended in the wake of daeths of four persons after consuming illicit liquor is Rohtas district of south western Bihar on Saturday, the axe is now set to fall on two officials of the excise and prohibition department.

As the annual Chhath festival concluded on Friday, some villagers of Rohtas’ Danwar Bihta went to an illicit liquor shop near their village and consumed it late Friday night.They soon fell ill and died in the early hours of Saturday, said reports coming in from the district.

When they complained of stomach pain and uneasiness, their family members rushed them to Jamuhar hospital, where Kamlesh Singh died before he could enter the premises of the hospital. Remaining three died in the hospital early Saturday morning.

Rohtas district magistrate Animesh Parashar said that he had recommended action against assistant excise commissioner and excise inspector (Bikramganj) for laxity on their part, which emboldened locals to brew liquor in the village.

“We will launch a big campaign to create awareness against liquor consumption and the dangers of spurious liquor. We will make the locals aware of the hazards through demonstration of how spurious liquor is manufactured and how it could kill,” said the DM.

The DM said that search was on for two named accused – Antim Lal Singh and Shashi Singh. “If they don’t surrender, process will be initiated for attachment of their property,” he added.

The DM said that the place Danwar, where the incident took place, is the tri-junction of three districts – Bhojpur, Rohtas and Arwal – and is located on the banks of river Sone.

A team has been constituted by Patna zone IG for carrying out raids in the riverine areas “The team comprising policemen of all the three districts has been carrying out search operations and has already destroyed over 300 litres of liquor. The search will continue,” he added.

According to sources, the team also found illegal manufacturing units in the area.

IG (Patna zone) N H Khan has asked all the SPs under his jurisdiction, which includes 11 districts, to continue with anti-liquor drive for three days. “The SPs also have to visit the police stations and take action on whatever anomalies they detect on the spot. The SPs also have to see if the SHOs acted upon the complaints received from locals and how they dealt with old cases related to prohibition,” he added.

After the three-day drive, range DIG will review the progress, Khan said.

First Published: Oct 29, 2017 19:56 IST