PATNA: A special excise court in
on Friday awarded death penalty to nine of a family in the 2016 Khajurbanni
tragedy that had claimed 19 lives and left two others permanently blind.
The court also awarded rigorous life imprisonment to four women from the same extended family and imposed a fine of Rs 10 lakh each on them. The sentences were passed under the provisions of the Bihar Prohibition and Excise Act, 2016. All 13 convicts were present in the court on Friday.
“This is the first time so many people have been handed capital punishment in a single case in the state... Friday’s sentencing is also the first judgment where capital punishment has been awarded either under the Bihar Prohibition and Excise Act, 2016, which came into force after prohibition was imposed in April 2016 or the Bihar Prohibition and Excise Act (Amendment) 2018,” ADG Jitendra Kumar said.