5 die in Bihar’s Siwan village in second hooch tragedy this week

According to reports, the death toll has reached four and is further likely to be increased.

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By: Santosh Singh | Patna
Updated: 23 January, 2023 11:04 am IST
Sadar Hospital in Siwan district of Bihar

A month after similar controversy snuffed out where more than 100 people died following the consumption of spurious liquor, four people died in Bihar’s Siwan on Sunday while 12 are battling for life, raising questions about Nitish Kumar’s preparation on prohibition policy.

“After consumption of alcohol, I started feeling thirsty and later fainted. Nearby people rushed me to hospital,” says a survivor of liquor consumption.

According to reports, the death toll has reached five and is further likely to be increased.

“One person was brought dead and five others are currently being treated at Siwan Hospital. The cause of the death is yet to be ascertained which will be cleared after the reports of post-mortem,” said Sub-Divisional Public Grievance Officer, Abhishek Chandan.

On the night of January 23, seven people from Bala village of Bhopatpur panchayat in Siwan’s Nabibganj were consuming liquor. After a few hours of consumption, the health of Naresh Bin start getting deteriorated. But till the time his family member could understand anything he died. Family members performed his last rites.

After that many people started feeling sick, complained of stomach pain at night and unclear vision. Janak Bean, Dheerendra Manjhi, Surendra Prasad, Raju Manjhi, Dulam Rawat and Laxman Rawat were rushed to the Siwan Sadar Hospital where Janak Bean was declared brought dead by the doctors.

One month back, a tragic incident of deaths was reported in December 2021 from Bihar’s Saran district of Bihar’s Chhapra in which over 80 people were killed due to consuming spurious liquor at a local joint. After the deaths, angry villagers blocked the Masrakh Hanuman Chowk on Bihar State Highway 90 and raised slogans against the district administration.

The incident also started the political blame gaming in Bihar. The opposition party came down heavily on the Nitish government and blamed the government for a complete failure of liquor prohibition in Bihar.

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