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Hooch deaths protest

Muzaffarpur, Oct. 1: Six persons died and five others were taken ill after they allegedly consumed spurious liquor at Meghnampur village in the district late last night.

The villagers staged a protest in the Deoriya police station area, around 130km north of Patna, this morning.

They set fire to two wooden kiosks at Ekmah Chowk around 8.30am and blocked Deoriya-Muzaffarpur road for five hours, alleging the ineffectiveness of the police in preventing the hooch trade and the connivance of excise department officials with the illegal traders.

The deceased have been identified as Bindeshwar Ram, 48, Binod Ram, 42, Balendra Ram, 40, Devilal Bhagat, 40, Sanjiv, 35 and Rambha Devi, 40.

They are all residents of Neknampur and Meghnampur villages. Those suffering from alcohol poisoning have been admitted to a private nursing home in Muzaffarpur town.


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