The illicit liquor or the “desi-daaru”, commonly termed as ‘hooch’ has claimed several lives across the country. Recently, around 13 people died in Gopalganj after drinking the spurious liquor on 16th August 2016.
While the Bihar government had already imposed a restriction over the country-made liquor since April 1, 2016, the recent incident is a clear indication towards the rampant bribery going on in the state. The locals of the state have reported that the country-made liquor is readily available in the liquor shops across the state.
Surprisingly, it is not the first time that such tragedy has shocked the country. Even in the state like Gujarat which has totally banned the consumption and selling of liquor in the state premises, hooch has claimed several lives back in 2009. There were around 136 reported deaths. Several of them often go unreported. If with strict restrictions such tragedies are happening in the country, there is an immediate need to check the infiltrated and corrupt officials who are allowing smuggling and black marketing of liquor who are claiming lives after lives.
The Indian law has already put a total ban on the manufacture and selling of spurious liquid which contains methanol along with poisonous substances. The need of the hour is to keep the corrupt officials in check to avoid these tragedies.