India, March 6 -- A local court in Bihar's Gopalganj district on Friday awarded death penalty to nine people and life sentence to four women for their role in the 2016 hooch case in which 19 people were killed and two lost their vision. The court also slapped a fine of Rs.10 lakh on each of the accused.

The death penalty to nine persons in the hooch tragedy in Gopalganj is the first such instance when capital punishment has been given to so many accused in any hooch tragedy.

The 13 surviving accused in the August 2016 case were convicted by additional district judge Luv Kush Kumar. The accused were held guilty under various sections of the Indian Penal Code, the Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes (Prevention of Atrocities) Act and th...