Patna: A total of 54 persons lost their lives after consuming hooch during October last year till January this year. Coming strong on serial hooch related deaths in the state, Chief Minister Nitish Kumar had announced to launch a comprehensive drive to break the network of illegal liquor trade.

He had also mooted confiscation of property of those found guilty in such cases. The government has filed chargesheet against 9178 persons in connection with manufacture and sale of hooch and 292 persons have been sent to jail, Excise Minister Bijendra Prasad Yadav said in reply to a question of CPI Kedarnath Pandey in the Legislative Council on Thursday.
Giving break-up of hooch related deaths, the Minister said 21 had died in Bhojpur, 12 in Gaya, Patna (8), Muzaffarpur (7) and Saran (6), the Minister said.
Yadav said the state government has launched a campaign against illegal liquor to prevent recurrence of such incidents. As part of the exercise, Chief Secretary holds weekly meeting with District Magistrate and Superintendent of Police of all districts.
A control room has been opened in Excise department to monitor the situation, Yadav added.


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