NHRC to Investigate Bihar Hooch Tragedy by its own Team as Death Toll Raises

Bihar Hooch Tragedy

The National Human Rights Commission( NHRC) on Saturday has decided to depute its own investigation team headed by one of it’s Members for an on the spot enquiry about more deaths in the Bihar Hooch tragedy spreading other districts.

NHRC in its Press Statment said the Commission is concerned to know as to where and what kind of medical treatment is being provided to these victims.

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, NHRC said

The Statment further stated that 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.

This yet another suo moto proceeding in the matter follows after the Commission, taking suo motu cognizance of earlier media reports, carried on 15h December,2022, alleging several deaths in Saran district hooch tragedy, had asked the Government of Bihar, through its Chief Secretary and Director General Police, to submit detailed reports within four weeks into the reported incident affecting several people and families, it added

The Commission has noted that in April, 2016, the Government of Bihar had banned the sale and consumption of liquor in the state, and therefore, such incidents indicated that it has not been able to stop the sale of illicit and spurious liquor, it said

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