All the 15 accused in the Ara hooch tragedy case, in which 21 poor people had died in December 2012, were convicted on Tuesday by a local court and sent to judicial custody. The court will pronounce quantum of sentence against them on July 26.While hearing the case, Additional District and Sessions Judge-1 Ramesh Chandra Dwivedi held all the accused guilty under various sections of the IPC, the Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes (Prevention of Atrocities) Act and the Excise Act. Of the 15 accused, five are women. The quantum of sentence would be pronounced on July 26. Legal experts told The Hindu that the guilty are likely to face a minimum punishment of 10 years in jail and a maximum of a life term.On December 7, 2012, a total of 21 people from the Mahadalit community of Mushari Tola of Anaith village under the Nawada police station of Ara in Bhojpur district had died in the span of three days after consuming illegal country-made liquor. Their death had sparked widespread protests in the district with hundreds of students blocking roads and burning tyres. Later in April 2016, the Nitish government had declared Bihar a dry State with promulgation of a stringent Bihar Prohibition and Excise Act, 2016.