Over 50 killed after drinking spurious liquor in Chhapra, Bihar. Along with this incident, there has been strong criticism of the state's Nitish government's prohibition plan. Chief Minister Nitish Kumar is saying amidst all the criticism that the one who drinks alcohol will die. No compensation will be given to such people or their relatives.
New Delhi: Deaths due to drinking spurious liquor in Bihar’s Saran district has now reached to Supreme Court. A public interest litigation has been filed in the apex court regarding this incident, in which the issue of compensation for the families of the victims has been raised. The petition has also demanded to curb the manufacture, trade and sale of illegal liquor and it has been said that an action plan should be prepared for an independent investigation of the matter and the entire incident should be investigated by the SIT. It has also been said in the petition that compensation should be given to the families of those who died due to drinking spurious liquor.
So far more than 50 people have died in Chhapra spurious liquor case. At the same time, the Chief Minister of the state Nitish Kumar is constantly saying that the one who drinks alcohol will definitely die. He also made it clear in the assembly that compensation will not be given to those who die due to drinking spurious liquor.
In the assembly, CPI MLA Satendra Kumar had demanded compensation to the dependents of the deceased. Chief Minister Nitish Kumar got upset on this. He strongly objected to the demand of the CPI MLA. Also said that he will not give a single penny compensation to those who die after drinking spurious liquor. Nitish Kumar said that CPI and CPI(M) supported him when he used to contest the Lok Sabha elections.
Saran District Magistrate Rajesh Meena said that in the last 48 hours raids have been intensified in the entire district and 126 people selling spurious liquor have been arrested. Apart from this, more than 4000 liters of illicit liquor has been seized. The Nitish Kumar-led government completely banned the sale and consumption of liquor in Bihar in the year 2016 (April). At the same time, after this incident came to the fore, BJP has strongly attacked the Bihar government.
Bharatiya Janata Party MP Sushil Modi had demanded an apology from Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar over his ‘Sharabi’ remarks in the Bihar Assembly on Thursday. Modi said that Kumar’s behavior in the assembly lacked grace and he should apologise for his statement. “In the past six years, more than 1,000 people have died in Bihar due to spurious liquor. Is Bihar under police raj? The way Nitish Kumar behaved in the assembly isn’t graceful, he should apologise.”
Leader of the Opposition in Bihar, Vijay Kumar Sinha, had also accused the state government of hiding the actual number of deaths in the Chhapra hooch tragedy on Thursday. He said the CM was hiding the actual numbers by ‘burning the bodies’ without any post-mortem. “By burning bodies without doing a post-mortem, they wanted to show less number of deaths. We’ve come here to know the truth,” Sinha said.