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At least eight died and several others fell critically ill after allegedly consuming spurious liquor in Bihar. The incident took place on Thursday in Chhapra, Saran district in Bihar.

According to the reports, the victims were all daily wage labourers working in the construction of a building at Jivpur under Panapur police station in the district. The victims had consumed alcohol during Nag Panchami celebrations on Tuesday.

Rajesh Meena, DM Saran, said medical teams have been sent to the area in the village so that checkups can be done at every household. Villagers said most of those who fell ill have lost their eyesight.

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The wife of one of the deceased’s labourers said that her husband, along with his five other friends, went to a liquor party after returning home from the construction site. She further said that her husband started vomiting after he returned from the party. He even refused to have dinner and told his wife that he had consumed only two glasses of liquor. But after some time, his health deteriorated and he was rushed to a nearby primary health centre where doctors declared him brought dead.

Mithilesh Mahto, whose father-in-law died on way to the hospital, said the latter had consumed hooch. He said liquor is readily available in the village. Several people died after consuming spurious liquor while others developed health complications later, including vision loss.

Notably, the sale and consumption of liquor is banned in Bihar since April 2016.

Earlier on August 2, two people had died at Ramdaspur village under Bhorha panchayat in the same district after consuming spurious liquor.

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