If you break the law, you get punished: JDU leader after Hooch tragedy in Bihar |

JDU President Rajiv Ranjan Singh | Photo credit: PTI

Patna: Janata Dal-United (JD-U) fueled controversy on Saturday when a party leader compared recent deaths in Bihar from alcohol consumption to “punishment”.

Up to 21 people have died so far due to the consumption of adulterated alcohol in Bihar. State police made several arrests in this case.

Reacting to the Hooch tragedy, JDU Chairman Rajiv Ranjan Singh said: “Earlier, when bogus drinking incidents occurred in Gopalganj, we investigated the case and convicted people for it. .

“There is a death penalty law for murders, but people still do it. The law is the law, so if you break the law you will be punished,” he added.

At least 21 people, including 10 people in Bettiah and 11 people in Gopalganj, have died as a result of consuming fake alcoholic drinks.

Minister of State Sunil Kumar informed that two other people are believed to have died due to the consumption of fake alcohol in Bettiah. However, this cannot be confirmed yet as their post mortem reports are still pending.

Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar said action is being taken against people who prepare counterfeit alcohol.

Raids are being carried out in 60 locations in Gopalganj district, Bihar, and 19 people have so far been arrested in connection with the Hooch tragedy.

Meanwhile, Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) leader Tejashwi Yadav previously called Chief Minister Nitish Kumar’s alcohol ban law a “total failure”.

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