MOTIHARI: The death toll due to the consumption of spurious liquor in Bihar’s Motihari has risen to 29. The incident has caused widespread concern and outrage, prompting the police to launch a crackdown on illegal liquor and liquor smugglers.
According to a press release issued by the East Champaran police, a campaign has been launched to recover illegal liquor and arrest liquor smugglers. Raids are being conducted at various places to curb the illegal sale and distribution of liquor. So far, 174 people have been arrested in connection with the case.
The police have also recovered more than 1729 liters of liquor, including more than 49 liters of foreign liquor. The recovery of such a large amount of illegal liquor has raised serious concerns about the widespread availability and consumption of spurious and dangerous liquor in the area.
#UPDATE | Bihar: The death toll in the Motihari Hooch tragedy rises to 29. pic.twitter.com/prjJPF473F— ANI (@ANI) April 18, 2023
The consumption of spurious liquor is a serious public health issue in Bihar, with several incidents of mass poisoning and deaths being reported in recent years. Despite the government’s efforts to crack down on illegal liquor and liquor smuggling, the problem persists due to the high demand for cheap and readily available alcohol.
The rising death toll due to the consumption of spurious liquor in Bihar’s Motihari is a serious concern that requires urgent attention and action from the authorities. The crackdown on illegal liquor and liquor smugglers is a step in the right direction, but more needs to be done to ensure the safety and well-being of the citizens.
The relatives of the deceased alleged that these deaths occurred due to spurious liquor on the intervening night of 14/15 April, while the administration had earlier expressed the possibility of diarrhoea.
In a conversation with the local media persons, the sick people admitted that after drinking local liquor, their health started deteriorating from the day before yesterday evening and their vision was beginning to stop.