At least seven people have died and 15 others fallen ill, some of them losing their eyesight, in yet another suspected case of hooch tragedy in dry Bihar, officials said on Friday.
According to Rajesh Meena, the District Magistrate of Saran, all cases have been reported from villages falling under the Maker police station area.
“Prima facie, it appears that the villagers had consumed spurious liquor. Five people died here while two deaths occurred at Patna Medical College and Hospital where those who have fallen seriously ill were referred on Thursday,” he said.
Among the seriously ill, more than 10 people have suffered a loss of vision, the DM said.
Saran Superintendent of Police Santosh Kumar said, “We are conducting raids in Maker, Marhaura, and Bheldi police station areas to nab the suspected bootleggers. We will be able to state the number of arrests after the operation is over.”
Local residents said consumption of intoxicants like cannabis has been a custom for the festival of Nag Panchami, which fell earlier this week, though some took to alcohol to get high.
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