3 die after consuming spurious liquor in Bihar

Three persons died after consuming spurious liquor, while another was taken ill in Vaishali district of Bihar, where the state government has implemented total prohibition since last year.

In an another incident in Samastipur district, six people were arrested and a truck in which they were carrying more than 4,000 litres of liquor has been seized, police said today.

The death due to consumption of spurious liquor occurred at Basauli village under Baradi sahai police station of the Vaishali district  on Wednesday night.

Local people, including the local village head (mukhiya,) claimed that the deaths were caused by spurious liquor, while Superintendent of Police (SP) Rakesh Kumar said that the exact reason behind the death could be known only after an investigation and post-mortem.

The deceased have been identified as Arun Patel (50), Devendra Paswan (45) and Lalbabu Paswan (46), Sadar police station SHO Chitaranjan Thakur said, adding that the person, who was taken ill after consuming liquor, has been admitted a nearby private hospital.  

Last month, four people had died after consuming spurious liquor in Rohtas district after which the state government had place eight police personnel under suspension.

About the Samastipur incident, in-charge of Hathodi police station Suresh Prasad Yadav said, "We received information last night (Wednesday) that a truck with a Punjab number plate was passing through Punmadhampur village falling under Hathodi police station. We chased the vehicle and arrested all the six people  inside."

"The truck was laden with bottles full of foreign liquor and the estimated quantity is more than 4,000 litres. The six arrested people include the driver of the truck and his helper - both of them from Punjab - while the remaining occupants of the vehicle are locals apparently involved in the illicit liquor business", Yadav said.

"Prima facie, they were planning to supply the liquor in Darbhanga district. Further investigations are on", he added.

Sale and consumption of alcohol in Bihar was banned by the Nitish Kumar government since April last year.  

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