In dry Bihar, three addicts die after consuming spirit used for medical purposes

PTI
Monday, 25 June 2018

The incident took place in Town police station area, where the three deceased Sunil Kumar, Manoj Paswan and Sonu Kumar who were neighbors consumed spirit used for medical purposes.

BEGUSARAI: Three persons, reportedly addicted to alcohol, died here when they consumed several bottles of spirit used for medical purposes, police said today.

The incident took place in Town police station area, where the three deceased Sunil Kumar, Manoj Paswan and Sonu Kumar who were neighbors consumed spirit used for medical purposes.

Sunil had died last night itself while the remaining two deaths took place this morning, Superintendent of Police, Begusarai, Aditya Kumar told PTI-Bhasha.

"We have recovered about a dozen bottles of spirit. Sunils body was taken for post-mortem and his viscera is being sent for forensic tests, the SP said.

Bodies of the other two deceased could not be taken for post-mortem as the bereaved family members claimed that they had been cremated," he said.

Sunils family members also claimed that he had been afflicted with kidney problems and he suffered a bout of diarrhea and vomiting before collapsing. Family members of none of the deceased has confirmed that the trio had consumed alcohol, the SP said.

However, the recovery of the bottles of spirit from the house of Manoj who hails from Durgapur in West Bengal and lived here with his octogenarian maternal grandmother besides statements given by his neighbors have helped us arrive to the conclusion that they were addicted to alcohol and out of craving they ended up consuming the spirit meant for other uses, he said.

Asked about reports that the number of casualties was four, one more than what was being officially confirmed, the SP stated initially, we had been told that eight people have died. But that appears to be a rumour. I myself toured the locality and met the residents and we can say that only three deaths have taken place.

Bihar is witnessing complete ban on sale and consumption of alcohol for over past two years.

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