Constitutional bodies being misused, alleges JD(U) MP

The issue of Chhapra hooch deaths reverberated in the Lok Sabha on Tuesday, with the BJP demanding a high-level inquiry into the incident and the JD(U) alleging “misuse” of the constitutional body.

Raising the issue of Zero Hour, JD(U) member Rajiv Ranjan Singh “Lalan” said that the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) has informed the Bihar government that it will investigate the case of deaths due to fake liquor in Chhapra. “How did this issue arise under the NHRC? Constitutional bodies are being misused. This should not happen,” he said.

He asked why the NHRC was not investigating the Morbi bridge collapse incident in which 124 people died.

Soon after, senior BJP leader Ravi Shankar Prasad, who represents the Patna Sahib Lok Sabha constituency, raised the issue of the Chhapra hooch tragedy and asked the NHRC to send a team to investigate the matter. Prasad said that more than a hundred people have died in Bihar after consuming spurious liquor. “They didn’t do an autopsy and they didn’t even save the entrails. This is a serious problem of violation of human rights. This matter should be referred to the human rights committee and the children’s committee because those who have died are children and backward communities… It is a very serious matter. I request an NHRC team to go there,” Prasad said.

Another BJP member Janardan Singh Sigriwal demanded a high-level probe. Due to the wrong liquor policy of the Bihar government, hundreds of people have died in Sara, he said. Sigriwal alleged that instead of giving compensation, the state government is mocking and trying to hide the data. Officials are trying to destroy evidence there, he said.

Sigriwal demanded compensation to the families of those killed in the Hooch tragedy. It also called for an inquiry into the matter by a team of NHRC, National Commission for Protection of Child Rights, National Commission for Women and National Labor Welfare Commission.

Lok Janshakti Party’s Chirag Paswan demanded President’s Rule in Bihar. “Some killings due to spurious liquor have started in my state after which the chief minister, the state government and the entire administrative machinery are trying to hush up the issue,” Paswan said.

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