May 20, 2022, 12:07 am
International Desk /
In Bihar, India, 24 people have been reported dead after drinking adulterated liquor, according to the country’s media.
Among them, 8 people are suspected to have died after drinking locally made liquor or hotchpotch in Telhua village of Betiya in West Champaran district. After the Gopalganj authorities confirmed the news of the death of 6 more people on Thursday, the death toll in the district also rose to 18 due to ‘adulterated alcohol poisoning’.
However, no district authority has so far officially stated the cause of death of these 24 people. According to NDTV, three ‘Hooch tragedies’ have been reported in northern Bihar in the last 10 days.
Villagers said eight people fell seriously ill after drinking alcohol in Telhua village on Wednesday evening and were taken to hospital. They died there on Thursday.
A few more villagers have also been admitted to several hospitals in the area for ‘drinking adulterated liquor’.
Wine production, sale and drinking are prohibited in Bihar. Janak Ram, the minister of the state, rushed to Gopalganj on hearing the news of his death.
“I went to the homes of those who died. It could also be a conspiracy to discredit the NDA government, ”he said.
Gopalganj senior police officer Anand Kumar said, “In the last two days, some people have died in Muhammadpur village of the district due to mysterious reasons. The cause of death could not be ascertained as no autopsy report was received. Three teams of police are investigating the incident. ”
Local police said several bodies had already been cremated by their families. Confirming the news of the deaths of six people on Thursday, they said that four people died while undergoing treatment and two died on the way to the hospital.
“Initially, the deaths were thought to have been caused by poison. Police have filed a case. Four people have been arrested on suspicion of involvement in the incident between Tuesday and Wednesday, ”police said.