MUZAFFARPUR: At least five persons were killed till Friday morning allegedly from consumption of poisonous hooch in a party at Saraiyya in Muzaffarpur district.
This is the second hooch tragedy in the state within six days. On Sunday night, four persons died and two fell ill allegedly from hooch poisoning in two villages under Guthani police station in Siwan district. It’s now been five and a half years since prohibition got enforced in Bihar.
In the fresh Muzaffarpur incident, the deaths took place at Rupauli and its neighbouring village Vishahar Patti under Saraiyya police station area.
The slain persons have been identified as Avanish Kumar (32), Munna Singh (32), Dhiresh Kumar Alias Gultu (40), Avinash Kumar Ram (35), all from Rupauli village and one Vipul Sahi (35) of neighbouring Vishahar Patti village.
The hooch party was arranged by one Amit Kumar in order to celebrate his win as member of ward number 12 in Rupauli panchayat. The election took place on September 29 and results were declared on October 1. Amit and three others have been arrested in connection with the hooch deaths, police said.
As per police, they first received reports about illness of a few persons in the village on Thursday night after which death reports started pouring in which continued till Friday morning.
Saraiyya police station additional SHO Mohammad Kalamuddin said that Avanish and Munna died on Thursday night while rest three died one after another on Friday morning.
“Only Munna and Vipul could be taken to hospital. They died in course of treatment. Rest three died at their respective homes,” he said.
Kalamuddin also said that all of them had started complaining of nausea, vomiting, stomach ache and some other problems from Thursday morning and finally died.
“Post mortem of bodies of three slain persons have been completed. Process is on for completing the same for rest two bodies,” he said.
When asked, Muzaffarpur SSP Jayant Kant told TOI over phone on Friday that the deaths are surely from consumption of poisonous hooch.
“They all had consumed hooch inside house of Dhiresh on Wednesday night. It was a party thrown by Amit after winning panchayat election. Dhiresh had arranged liquor pouches and bottles from different locations. He was interested in displaying muscle power in village due to a land dispute linked to him,” the SSP said.
SSP said that Amit and three more of his associates have been arrested in connection with the hooch deaths.
“We don’t have any report if more villagers are under treatment or ill due to consumption of poisonous hooch,” he added.
Over all at least four hooch tragedies have been reported in state this month till now. One Ranjeet Kumar Singh (55) was killed on October 12 and one Aman Kumar (25) fell ill from poisonous hooch consumption at Baikunthpur village under Rajapakar police station area in Vaishali. One hooch death was also reported from Naugacchia, Bhagalpur this month.

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