Dry State News
The latest deaths have been recorded in Samastipur district. Earlier, at least 33 people died in Gopalganj and West Champaran districts upon consuming spurious liquor.
Bihar: Toll climbs to 33 in spurious liquor consumption cases in Gopalganj and West Champaran districts
Meanwhile, Leader of Opposition Tejashwi Yadav blamed CM Nitish Kumar over the hooch deaths and accused those in his government, including a BJP minister, of being involved in sale of illicit liquor
Rising demand for hooch during elections, used to influence voters, increases risk of more spurious liquor-related deaths
Over 100 people died in hooch tragedies in February in Uttar Pradesh's Saharanpur and Kushinagar and in Haridwar in Uttarakhand.
Travels through the Hindi belt: In dry state Bihar, youths resort to bootlegging as unemployment rises at an alarming 19.4%
Much like the state of Gujarat with a prohibition law for decades, Bihar, too, has slipped into clandestine liquor trade with several jobless youths joining in to make money
Following reports of "rats guzzling down liquor" stored in police stations of Bihar, the authorities have now started destroying seized contraband, with a staggering 28,000 litres being destroyed on Tuesday and Wednesday, officials said.
After making Bihar a dry state in keeping with his 2015 Assembly election promise, Chief Minister Nitish Kumar has taken his policy to a whole new level.
Supreme Court on Friday stayed the operation of the Patna High Court judgement quashing the Bihar government's law banning sale and consumption of all types of liquor in the state.
Prohibition is not the best way to serve gender justice. But it has become a convenient tool for mobilising the emerging constituency of women voters.
With the Kerala government deciding to close all the 730 bars in the state to bring about prohibition in a phased manner, the pro-liquor lobby has gone into a huddle on how to handle this situation.