TT Epaper
The Telegraph
Graphiti
 
IN TODAY'S PAPER
WEEKLY FEATURES
CITIES AND REGIONS
ARCHIVES
Since 1st March, 1999
 
THE TELEGRAPH
 
 
CIMA Gallary

Hint of hooch tragedy

Patna, Jan. 4: Eight persons are suspected to have died consuming illicit liquor in Patna City within a span of eight hours from midnight yesterday, but the administration refused to accept it was a hooch tragedy.

The deaths were reported from three adjacent localities — Loha Ka Pul, Rampur Kasba and Pratappur — under Mehediganj police station of Patna City. The deceased were aged between 28 and 65 years. Six of them were identified as Munna Chauhan (40), Tulli Ram (28), Rajesh Mahto (35), Manoj Mahto (40), Mahendra Das (65) and Krishna Chauhan (60). “One of the bodies was found beside a temple. There was a liquor pouch and a plastic glass near the body, hinting at hooch tragedy,” a resident of Pratpur said.

Patna City sub-divisional officer (SDO) Raman Kumar Singh, however, refused to confirm that they died consuming spurious liquor.

“We cannot call it a hooch tragedy now. The relatives of most of the deceased said the victims were either ill or undergoing some treatment. Kin of a few deceased said they died of cold. At least six bodies have been cremated. The family members of the rest of the two victims are reluctant to hand over the bodies to the administration for post-mortem. We are trying to convince them,” Singh said.

Additional superintendent of police, Patna City, Chandan Khuswaha said: “We are trying to take the two bodies in our possession so that a post-mortem can be conducted. But the relatives of the victims are unwilling to do so. They claimed that the victims were ill and died naturally. The investigations are on.”

Sources said at least five bodies were cremated in a hurry in small hours of Friday at the Khajekala cremation ground after the kin of the victims were allegedly terrorised by hooch traders.

Patna senior superintendent of police Amrit Raj and district magistrate Sanjay Kumar Singh visited the localities later in the day.


 More stories in Bihar

  • Dragged out of train, raped
  • RJD leaders unite to please Lalu
  • Lalu scores on Nitish's popularity dip
  • Overbridge crack scare for commuters
  • Dupe trap set for Crorepati aspirants
  • Ethics lesson for modern times
  • Man sets wife on fire
  • March for justice in unfair world
  • Speedy trial whip for accused
  • Students get ready for poll
  • Nitish falters on campus promise
  • Guests hurry for hotels
  • Free HIV test across state
  • Appeal delay costs Assembly
  • Hint of hooch tragedy
  • Mumbai meet on state
  • Safety alarm on Rajdhani
  • Paswan on tour
  • Mantra for salvation