Tejaswi Yadav Blames Nitish Kumar for Hooch Tragedy in Rohtas

RJD leader Tejaswi Yadav (file photo).

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Patna: Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) heir-apparent and former Deputy Chief Minister Tejaswi Yadav on Saturday slammed Bihar Chief Minister and his former boss Nitish Kumar in connection with the five deaths allegedly caused by consuming illicit liquor in Bihar's Rohtas district.

Yadav, who was part of the Mahagathbandhan government when he heartily supported Nitish administration's decision to impose prohibition in the state in the name of development and social reformation, accused Nitish Kumar of failing to stop consumption of alcohol in Bihar and called prohibition a political move by the Chief Minister.

"Alcohol ban in Bihar is only on papers. He is not even concerned with its implementation because the whole thing was politically motivated," Yadav, who currently holds no position in Bihar politics and remains under the scanner of different anti-corruption agencies including the CBI, said in Patna on Saturday.

The youngest son of Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) chief Lalu Prasad Yadav further said that liquor was freely sold in Bihar at much higher prices and the money earned from it was going directly to the Janata Dal – U leader.

"All over Bihar, people are dying of spurious liquor and the Chief Minister is not concerned about it at all. The liquor mafia, with protection from Nitish Kumar, is running the alcohol business in Bihar and the Chief Minister is the beneficiary of it," the former Deputy Chief Minister said adding Kumar was planning to raise his political stock by campaigning against alcohol across the country.

As reported, five people were reported killed and at least four remaining in critical condition in Danwar village in Rohtas district after they consumed poisonous hooch after the end of the four-day Chhath festival.

The administration has suspended 17 policemen, including the Kachhba police station in-charge, in the district.

The incident angered the villagers who blamed the administration for not implementing prohibition forcefully.

Protestors in Danwar village blocked the Sikarahata-Nasriganj road disrupting traffic for hours.

Victims were identified as Kamlesh Singh (30), Uday Singh (32), Dhananjay Singh (32) and Harihar Singh (50).


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