Bihar govt to confiscate land in Bhagalpur for prohibition law violations

  • Avijit Biswas, Hindustan Times, Bhagalpur
  • Updated: Aug 14, 2016 11:53 IST
Bihar chief minister Nitish Kumar addresses a press conference in Patna. (PTI File Photo)

Bihar government authorities in Naugachia subdivision of Bhagaalpur district have initiated moves to confiscate premises that have allegedly been used for committing offences under the state’s total prohibition law.

While the excise department in Bhagalpur has proposed to confiscate two properties, Naugachia police have sought permission to impound one land holding from where illegally stored liquor was recently seized.

Excise superintendent Vijay Shanker Dubey said the move to impound land of one Chandra Shekhar Yadav at Kolakhurd village of Jagdishpur block and the immovable property of a hotel at Jhandapur village of Bihpur block had been initiated under the provisions of the Bihar Excise (Amendment) Act, 2016. The amended law provided for confiscation of “any premises or part thereof that may have been used for committing any offence under this Act,” Dubey said.

He said circle officers of the blocks concerned have been asked to provide details of the land proposed to be confiscated.

In a separate move, police have proposed confiscation of a land holding in Teentanga diara under Gopalpur police station of the subdivision from where country-made and Indian made foreign liquor (IMFL) were seized in large quantities. The land used for storing the alcohol belongs to Vikas Mandal, said Pankaj Sinha, superintendent of police, Naugachia.

Taking cognizance of the proposal of Naugachia police, Bhagalpur district magistrate (DM) Adesh Titarmare has directed authorities concerned to initiate the confiscation process.

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