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‘Hooch’ kills three more in dry Bihar

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Barely three weeks after four persons died in hooch tragedy in Rohtas district, three more deaths were reported due to suspected consumption of spurious liquor in dry Bihar’s Vaishali district on Thursday.The incident took place at Basauli village in Vaishali on Wednesday night. The locals said the deceased — Arun Patel, Lal Babu Paswan and Devendra Paswan — all in their 40s, had consumed spurious liquor along with some other men at a local villager’s place on Monday evening.”They complained of nausea, vomiting etc and were taken to a local hospital where the three died. Two of them died on Tuesday and were immediately cremated by their family members while Arun’s body has been sent for postmortem,” said a local police officer.Vaishali superintendent of police Rakesh Kumar said, “It will only be clear after the postmortem reports are received whether they died due to hooch or some other illness. We were told by the family members that they were also suffering from other ailments. An investigation has been launched into it.”Sources said the police are also on the lookout for those who have taken ill after allegedly consuming liquor, though no headway has been made on that front. “One person has been detained for interrogation,” the source added.The locals, however, alleged that the police want to cover up the hooch deaths. “The local chowkidar used to sell liquor and the cops never took any action against him,” said a resident of Basauli village.This is the third hooch tragedy in Bihar, where total alcohol prohibition was enforced on April 5, 2016. Earlier, on October 28, four persons died and two others took ill after consuming spurious liquor in Danwar village of Rohtas while over 15 persons died due to illicit liquor in Gopalganj’s Khajurbani district in August last year.THIRD TRAGEDYThis is the third hooch tragedy in Bihar, where total prohibition was enforced on April 5, 2016.
On October 28, four died and two took ill after taking spurious liquor in Rohtas.
15 persons had died taking illicit liquor in Kha-jurbani in August 2016.

Hooch tragedy triggers raids in dry Bihar

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Bihar police have launched special drives and mounted raids to round up those involved in the illegal manufacture, sale or consumption of liquor across the dry state.The move comes after four people lost their lives and two took ill due to consumption of spurious liquor in Rohtas district last week, prompting Chief Minister Nitish Kumar to direct the cops to check supply of illicit liquor. The tragedy left the government which enforced total prohibition on April 5, 2016.In capital Patna alone, nearly 300 people have been arrested since the launch of the special drive on October 29. The cops have seized several litres of “desi” and foreign-made liquor besides destroying local breweries. “Our team had to fight stone-pelters during a raid,” said ASP Rakesh Dubey.Over 50 involved in liquor trade have been arrested in raids conducted in Bhojpur, Buxar, Rohtas and Kaimur districts while at least five were taken into custody in East Champaran. Sources said hotels and restaurants are particularly being checked for liquor, while patrolling in border areas too has increased.The tragedy has singed the police department too. More than 200 policemen are facing suspension for dereliction of duty, said the sources.The hooch deaths have given the Opposition fresh ammo to attack the government, with RJD president Lalu Prasad Yadav claiming that prohibition is a total failure in Bihar where liquor is now being “home-delivered”. He said on Wednesday, “Some top JD-U leaders are taking a cut from liquor mafias. What more does one need to say on that?”Tejashwi Prasad Yadav, Lalu’s son and leader of opposition in assembly, said, “The CM should make public how many of his party leaders and workers have been booked under the prohibition law?” asked Tejashwi, who had earlier shared the picture of a “liquor mafia cum JD-U worker” clicking a selfie with the CM. The JD-U man was later dismissed from the party.

Man kills two daughters, injures wife in Bihar

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A man allegedly killed his two minor daughters and seriously injured his wife in Bihar’s Rohtas district, police said today. The incident took place yesterday night at a rented house in Indira Nagar locality under the jurisdiction of Vikramganj police station, a police officer said. Lalit Singh, a native of neighbouring Bhojpur district, shot his daughters Tanu Kumari (12) and Tanya Kumari (14), Vikramganj police station in-charge Akram Ansari said. The children died on the spot, he said. Lalit Singh also attacked his wife Gudiya Devi with a sharp object and injured her seriously, he said. The injured woman was admitted to a private clinic in critical condition, he said. Lalit Singh, owner of a mobile recharge shop, fled the spot leaving behind a note, Ansari said. He mentioned in the note that he had taken such an action since he was buried under debts, Ansari said. We have started an investigation into the matter, the police officer said. Efforts are on to locate and nab the assailant, he said.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Court convicts five Maoists for killing DFO Sanjay Singh

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A Sasaram court today held five Maoists guilty for killing the then District Forest Officer (DFO) of Rohtas, Sanjay Singh, 15 years ago. District and Sessions Judge Prabhunath Singh convicted the five accused Maoists, Nirala Yadav, Ram Bachan Yadav, Nitish Yadav, Sudama Uraon and Lalan Singh Kharwar. The judge convicted them under sections of Prevention of Terrorism Act (POTA), Arms Act and sections 302 (punishment for murder), 323 (Punishment for voluntarily causing hurt), 148 (Rioting, armed with deadly weapon) and 149 (Every member of unlawful assembly guilty of offence committed in prosecution of common object) of the Indian Penal Code (IPC). The judge will award the quantum of punishment to the convicts on July five next. Singh, the then DFO of Rohtas district, was kidnapped and taken to Rehal area in Kaimur forests under Rohtas police station area by the Maoists who shot him dead from close range on February 15, 2002. The state government had subsequently handed over the probe to the CBI.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Police seizes explosives and liquor in Bihar’s Rohtas district

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Police today seized a consignment of explosives and liquor from a pick-up van from Mufassil police station area in Bihar’s Rohtas district, a police officer said. The police intercepted the pick-up van near Karbandia petrol pump during routine checking and seized the explosives and liquor, the Superintendent of Police (SP) M S Dhillon said. Altogether 18,000 detonators and 1950 kg ammonium nitrate, kept in 38 sacks and 300 pouches of country-made alcohol, kept in two sacks were seized, the SP said. The driver of the pick-up van escaped while the vehicle was being searched, he said. We are gathering all details about the vehicle’s owner to take necessary action in connection with the seizure of explosives and liquor, the SP said.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

JD(U) suspends its leader for involvement in firing

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Janata Dal(U) today suspended Suryadeo Singh from the primary membership of the party for his alleged involvement in a firing incident in which a girl was killed and four others injured in Rohtas district. “The party has taken strong note of yesterday’s incident and suspended Suryadeo Singh, the former MLA, from the primary membership of the party for his involvement in yesterday’s firing incident in Rohtas district,” JD(U) chief spokesman Sanjay Kumar Singh told(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Ex-MLA opens fire in Bihar; one dead, four injured

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A former MLA and his aides today allegedly opened fire at Tenduni village in Rohtas district over a land dispute, leaving an 8-year-old girl dead and four others injured, police said. Suryadeo Singh, a former MLA from Bikramganj constituency, and his supporters started firing indiscriminately in Tenduni village under Bikramganj police station following a land dispute, Rohtas SP Manavjeet Singh Dhillon said. Seven persons, including Singh and his wife, were arrested. Three rifles and seven cartridges have been seized from the former legislator’s house, the SP said. The deceased has been identified as Sahela Khatun while four others–Chhote Singh (40), Sahil Kumar (4), Prakash Kumar (9) and a seven-year-old son of Amar Singh–were injured in the firing, the officer said, adding that they have been admitted to a nearby hospital. The situation is under control and an investigation has been initiated, he said.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Bihar govt turned blind eye to thrashing of 2 backward youths:

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A people’s intervention group has accused the Nitish Kumar-led Bihar government of turning a blind eye to the alleged thrashing of two backward caste youths by the landlord of a village. The two youths, Sunil Chauhan and Vijay Sharma, were allegedly beaten up by the landlord of the village in Rohtas district of Bihar in January 29 for asking for their due as construction labourers. Police have registered an FIR into the case after much dilly-dallying, the NGO Janhastakshep, which has carried out an independent probe into the case, said. The FIR mentions six persons by name including three sons of the accused landlord, it said. Professor Ish Mishra of Hindu College, Delhi University and Vikas Bajpai of Jawaharlal Nehru University were part of the probe team.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

ISIS poster found in Bihar’s Rohtas district

Sat, 18 Mar 2017-05:49pm , Dehri-on-Sone , PTI
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A poster carrying the name ISIS asking youths in Bihar to join the terror organisation was found pasted on an electricity pillar in Rohtas district on Saturday, police said.Sub Divisional Police Officer (SDPO) of Dehri, Mohammad Anwar Javed Ansari said that the police has seized the poster carrying the name and flag of Islamic terror organisation ISIS. The poster in English appealed to youths of Bihar to become members of ISIS. There is no name of the person issuing the poster. The SDPO said that recovery of ISIS poster is being probed.He, however, suspected it as foul play by some anti-socials to create fear in minds of people. The police has been asked to be on extra alert in view of recovery of the poster, the SDPO added. Dehri is a Sub-Division in Rohtas district of Bihar.

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