Bihar: Death Toll in liquor tragedy in Saran rises to 21

The toll in the spurious liquor tragedy in Bihar’s Saran district increased to 21 on Wednesday.

The state’s minister for prohibition Sunil Kumar said that most of the deaths were reported from the Mashrak and Isuapur areas of Saran, PTI reported.

Though the sale and consumption of alcohol have been banned in Bihar since April 2016, there have been several instances of people dying and falling ill after drinking spurious liquor in the state.

Families of some of the deceased had said that those who died in Saran had consumed country-made liquor at a local joint.

“Most of them were declared dead at a hospital in Chhapra, the district headquarters. Some, who had been ill since Tuesday morning, died while undergoing treatment,” Sagar Dulal Sinha, the medical officer-in-charge of Saran said to PTI.