Patna, Oct 28: At least 5 people died after consuming illicit liquor in Rohtas district of Bihar, following which 12 cops were suspended. An explanation has been demanded from a number of officials since there is a complete ban on sale and consumption of alcohol, imposed in Bihar in April last year. The police have arrested 12 liquor smugglers. Also Read - Share Clues With Cops But Don't Demoralise Them: Nitish Lashes Out at Media Over IndiGo Manager's Killing

Following the tragedy, the police raided a shop owned by one of the accused, Antim Lal Singh, and seized liquor bottles. The police seized three bottles of foreign liquor, two litres of country liquor and two kilograms of Ganja. While Singh’s two sisters are being questioned, a hunt is on for the accused. Also Read - Nitish Kumar Lands In Fresh Political Trouble After IndiGo Executive's Murder in Patna

A press release issued by the DGP control room said, “An information was received today about the death of four persons, all of them in the age group of 25 to 35 years, after consuming spurious liquor in Danwar village under Kachhwa police station area of Rohtas late last night.” Also Read - Video: No More Infighting, Congress Netas in Bihar Go For Open Fight

Senior officials, including the inspector general (IG), Patna Zone, deputy inspector general (DIG), Shahabad Range, and superintendent of police (SP), Rohtas camped at the area and supervised the investigations. “A speedy trial will be ensured upon the completion of the investigation. There is also a provision for a death penalty in such cases,” the press release said.

Earlier, RJD party slammed the Nitish Kumar government in the state saying that the liquor prohibition in Bihar was “only on papers”. Former deputy chief minister Tejashwi Yadav also attacked the BJP and said, “Nitish’s current allies used to call the prohibition law in Bihar draconian. Now, they are in power in the state. How will the ruling dispensation muster the moral strength required to strictly enforce the ban on sale and consumption of liquor?”