Over 1.6 lakh held, only 141 sentenced so far under Bihar’s prohibition law

first_imgMore than 1.6 lakh people have been arrested in Bihar under the prohibition and excise law enacted in 2016, but only 141 of them have been sentenced to date, said an official of the State excise department.“Police have conducted raids at over 4,00,000 locations while the State excise department has conducted raids at more than 2,00,000 locations seizing over 16 lakh litres of foreign-made and nine lakh litres of country-made liquor,” the official said on Tuesday.More than 1.33 lakh violation of prohibition cases have been registered at different police stations of the State since April 5, 2016, when the ban on liquor was imposed by the government. Around 10,000 people are lodged in different jails in the State in connection with these cases.CM’s appealBihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar, on the occasion of Gandhi Jayanti on Tuesday, appealed to the people to quit liquor as it had been denounced by the Father of the Nation.“Mahatma Gandhi used to say consumption of liquor not only destroys one’s body but also intelligence. So I appeal to everyone to abstain from liquor,” said Mr. Kumar. He also asked officials to implement the liquor law with more focus and in a determined manner.The State government had recently asked officials to review details of those arrested under the prohibition law and to ascertain their caste status.It had earlier been reported that most of the people arrested under the liquor law were from the Scheduled Castes and Extremely Backward Class.last_img

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