Bihar Hooch Tragedy: NHRC deputes own team to probe matter

New Delhi: In the wake of Bihar Hooch Tragedy, the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) on Saturday decided to depute its own investigation team headed by one of it’s Members for an on the spot enquiry.

The Commission is concerned to know as to where and what kind of medical treatment is being provided to these victims.

The sale and consumption of alcohol was completely banned in Bihar in April, 2016, though its implementation has been patchy.

Most of them are from poor families and probably cannot afford costly medical treatment in private hospitals therefore, it becomes extremely necessary on the part of the state government to provide them the best possible medical treatment wherever it is available.

The Commission would like to know about the relief and rehabilitation given by the State Government as well as the measures taken or proposed to be taken to dismantle clandestine hooch manufacturing hot spots across the state with a view to completely eradicate this social menace, intermittently happening in the State of Bihar.

Hooch Tragedy 

So far, nearly 60 deaths have been reported due to consumption of spurious alcohol.while many others are facing same symptoms in the Chapra area of Bihar’s Saran district.

The alarming rate of deaths have sent shockwaves to the nation, resulting counter charges of state govenrment and Opposition in the state Assembly.

CM Refuses To Pay Compensation 

Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar on Friday came down heavily on the Opposition MLAs dismissing the latter’s demand to pay compensation to families of the deceased in the Bihar Hooch Tragedy.

The Chief Minister said, “No compensation will be given to people who died after drinking… We have been appealing – if you drink, you will die… those who talk in favour of drinking will not bring any good to you…”

Read More: Hooch Tragedy: Bihar CM refuses to pay compensation, says ‘We always appealed to stop drinking’

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