At least seven die in Bihar hooch tragedy

Last Updated: Fri, Dec 07, 2012 11:30 hrs

At least seven persons were dead after drinking bootleg liquor laced with chemicals on Friday in Arrah city of Bihar's Bhojpur District.

A legislator, Bhai Dinesh, demanded compensation for the families of the victims from the government and said that shops selling illicit liquor should be banned.

"A probe should be conducted in the government shops selling spurious liquor. Every year and every month many people die due to consumption of spurious liquor. We put forward our demand before the government that the families of the victims should get compensation and the shops selling illicit liquor should be banned," he said.

The state authorities are investigating into the matter. Several local liquor shops suspected to be dealing in illicit liquor were raided by the police.

The state of West Bengal also witnessed a hooch tragedy in December last year when about 143 people died of illicit liquor consumption in the 24 Parganas district.

Mass deaths from drinking moonshine are common in India, where the poor often drink "country liquor" which is cheaper than alcohol from licensed shops. (ANI)

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