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Liquor traders’ men pelt stones on police, free seven from custody in dry Bihar

Supporters of illegal alcohol manufacturers resorted to stone-pelting after a police team destroyed illicit liquor and arrested seven persons in Bhojpur district of Bihar.

india Updated: May 02, 2017 17:40 IST
Prashant Ranjan
A police team destroyed about 800 litres of illicit liquor and seized another 150 litres in Bhojpur district of Bihar.
A police team destroyed about 800 litres of illicit liquor and seized another 150 litres in Bhojpur district of Bihar.(Representative image)

Supporters of alleged illicit liquor manufacturers pelted stones on a police team and freed seven persons arrested for their involvement in the illegal trade in Bhojpur district of dry Bihar.

Four policemen were injured in the stone pelting, following which, the villagers claimed, police fired in air. The police have, however, denied the firing.

The trouble started on Monday night when a police team from Jagdishpur subdivision in the district, 81km west of Patna, raided Chakai, Rupbandh and Mithhan villages following complaints of illegal liquor trade. The raiding team destroyed about 800 litres of hooch, seized another 150 litres of the banned beverage and arrested 13 persons involved the illegal activity at Mithan village.

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Supporters of hooch traders resorted to heavy retaliatory stone-pelting, resulting in injuries to four policemen, and freed seven of the 13 arrested persons.

The injured policemen — havildar Bhagwan Jha, constable Pramod Kumar, chowkidars Raju Kumar and Ramsundar — have been admitted to Jagdishpur refferal hospital.

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Confirming the raid, Jagdishpur deputy superintendent of police Dayashankar said the six arrested persons had been identified as Manoj Nut, Vinod Nut, Indrajit Ram, Surendra Ram, Sanjay Ram and Madan Bind. Raids were being conducted to arrest the seven persons who had escaped from police custody, he said, while denying police firing.

Bihar became a dry state on April 5, 2016. Under the state’s prohibition law, consuming, keeping or dealing in liquor is an offence, which attracts imprisonment up to 10 years.