In Bihar, Hooch makes new fatal allegations

In Bihar, Hooch makes new fatal allegations

After reportedly imbibing hooch in the Siwan district of Bihar on Monday, at least seven people perished and more than 14 were fighting for their lives in hospitals. Six of the individuals who were hospitalized have lost their vision. The number of fatalities may rise further.

The event happened in the villages of Bala and Bhopatpur in the district's Nabiganj police station jurisdiction. Surendra Rawat, Naresh Rawat, Janak Been, Rajesh Rawat, Dhurendra Manjhi, Jitendra Manjhi, and Lakshman Deo Ram have been named as the dead by the villagers.

The authorities provided a lower estimate of the death toll and the number of sick people.

"Five people have died in the hooch case, and six others are receiving medical attention. A few persons have been held for questioning in relation to the case. Vikas Kumar, the deputy inspector general (DIG) for the Saran area, told The Telegraph that inquiries were ongoing.

He also has control over Siwan. According to police sources, at least 16 persons have been taken into custody.

They hypothesized that a portion of the hand sanitizer-grade methyl alcohol or spirit used to produce hooch was what caused the fatalities.

In order to find any concealed toxic liquor, sniffer dogs have also been put to use. All of the dead were between the ages of 20 and 45 and came from socioeconomically disadvantaged groups in society.

They and many others reportedly drank alcohol on Sunday night, and a few hours later began to experience symptoms including dyspnea, nausea, vomiting, disorientation, and vision loss.

"On Monday morning when my father awoke early, he couldn't locate his slippers and began ringing us. Then, we discovered that he was blind. He acknowledged drinking alcohol last night when we questioned him whether he had. His health worsened after we brought him to the hospital, and he passed just a short time later, according to Shyam Deo Ram, alias Munna Ram, the dead Lakshman Deo Ram's son.

A similar tale was told by the relatives of another victim, a daily wage worker named Dhurendra Manjhi.

They said that he had drunk alcohol on Sunday night somewhere in the hamlet.

Reporters questioned the chief minister about the hooch fatalities at a Patna event, but Nitish Kumar chose not to comment.

In April 2016, Nitish enforced ban. It is, however, under attack all throughout the state by a coalition of the alcohol mafia, law enforcement, and politicians.

Hooch fatalities in the state are said to be a result of prohibition, as locals brew illegal alcohol to fulfill demand and earn quick money.