Strict enforcement of prohibition law in dry Bihar still a challenge, says JD(U) minister while reacting over latest hooch deaths in Saran | Patna News – Times of India

PATNA: Bihar’s building construction minister and senior JD(U) leader Ashok Kumar Choudhary on Friday said the station house officer (SHO) of Saran’s Maker police station, where spurious liquors were being illegally manufactured and sold, would be either involved in the racket or he would have overlooked all the liquor-related happenings.

At least 12 people died, and 15 others fell ill with some of them even losing their eyesight, in the last three days in a hooch tragedy under Maker police station area of Saran district in dry Bihar.
“How such a big incident occurred in Maker and the SHO had no information? The SHO of the area where spurious liquors were being manufactured, would be either involved or he would have overlooked all these issues,” Choudhary said while responding to a media query at the state JD(U) officer here.
The minister was responding to the media queries on the sidelines of the “Karyakarta Ke Darbar Mein Mantri” programme at the JD(U) office here.
The minister also said strict action would be taken against all the perpetrators of hooch tragedy, including the SHO, in Saran district. He said the Saran DM and the SP visited the affected villages and administration was taking strict actions to check illegal manufacturing and sale of the spurious liquors.
Asked about the recurrence of hooch tragedy in different parts of Bihar despite the fact that the state has a stringent prohibition law, Choudhary said, “Dowry deaths are still happening despite the decades-old anti-dowry law, incidents of rapes are take place despite severe punishment for the crime. Similarly, illegal arms are still in use despite stringent provisions in the Arms Act.”
To a question, Choudhary admitted that strict enforcement of prohibition laws was still a challenge before the state government.
Talking about the completion of the MLAs’ residential quarters, the minister said altogether 61 newly constructed houses would be handed over to the MLAs by the end of this month.
He said the MLAs’ houses, which are being built in the second phase, would also be handed over in the next two to three months. The bungalows being built for the ministers, also were in the final stage, Choudhary said.

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