The hooch tragedy toll in Gopalganj district of Bihar has risen to 16, even as Chief Minister Nitish Kumar announced strict action against those responsible for it, including manufacturers of liquor banned in the state.
"Two more people died on Thursday at Patna Medical College and Hospital during treatment, and one died on Wednesday night, while three more are still critical," an official said.
"I have directed the state police chief, concerned department principal secretary and chief of the excise to examine all reports, including medical and viscera. Besides talking to the families of the victims and studying the reports in the media to reach a conclusion," the chief minister told media persons in Patna.
Opposition Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leaders have continued to target the state government for the tragedy and holds the much-hyped liquor ban in the state responsible for the deaths.
The administration on Wednesday morning had ordered probe after families had claimed it to be a hooch tragedy.
All victims were residents of Nonia Tola locality in Gopalganj.
Families had reported that they had complained of breathlessness, followed by stomach pain and vomiting, after consuming "desi" alcohol on Tuesday.
Their condition had worsened on Tuesday night and they were rushed to hospital.