Nine people have died, and seven others were admitted to hospital allegedly after consuming spurious liquor in Bihar’s Gopalganj district, said the district magistrate Dr Nawal Kishor Choudhary.
Residents claimed that the victims, all from Telhua village, had consumed liquor in the Chamartoli area on November 3 evening, but the police did not quite confirm the same as yet.
A senior police officer, however, said all eight deceased have been identified.
Talking to reporters, Superintendent of Police Upendra Nath Verma said, “It is a case of unnatural death and more information will be available only after a preliminary investigation.” Senior officials of the district administration and the police are camping in the village to find out details in the case, he added.
A villager, on the condition of anonymity, said, “After consuming liquor, people started complaining of uneasiness and were taken to a nearby hospital. All eight of them died this morning. There are others currently undergoing treatment in various local hospitals.” Last month, in a similar incident, eight people died in Muzaffarpur.
The Nitish Kumar government on April 5, 2016, banned the manufacture, trade, storage, transportation, sale, and consumption of liquor in the State.