Patna, Aug 17: There is a complete ban on the liquor in Bihar but the recent incident exposed that alcohol is still available in black which allegedly claimed altleast 11 lives this time.
The Bihar administration on Wednesday ordered a probe into the mysterious deaths in which at least 11 people died during night time in Gopalganj district.
As the families claimed it to be a hooch tragedy the officials called for an enquiry, police said.
Police informed that five others were in critical conditions at a government hospital.
All the victims were residents of Nonia tola locality and from the poorest section of the society, it said.
According to the families, the deceased had complained of uneasiness and breathlessness, followed by stomach pain and vomiting, after they consumed “desi” alcohol on Tuesday evening.
Their condition deteriorated on Tuesday night and later they died in the hospital, the police said.
Rahul Kumar, Gopalganj district Magistrate, formed a three-member team and ordered a probe into the incident.
“It is too early to say anything about the exact cause of the deaths,” Kumar said.
However, Gopalganj Superintendent of Police Ravi Ranjan has denied the claims of spurious liquor consumption.
“It is a matter of coincidence that they died one after another in a span of few hours,” Ranjan said.
The incident has clearly exposed that despite total ban on liquor consumption in Bihar since April 5 this year, alcohol is still available in black.
Additional Director General of Police Sunil Kumar said at least 4,707 people were held during the last four months and 3,719 FIRs were lodged in connection with flouting of the liquor ban.