Police in Bihar’s Purnia district, 300km from state capital Patna, arrested a woman, claiming to be an office-bearer of Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD), after she was allegedly found to be in possession of liquor.
Renu Yadav, who claimed to be the state vice president of RJD’s panchayat cell, was arrested in Balia police outpost area on the borders of neighbouring Madhepura district on Thursday night, police said. “Sixteen bottles of Indian made foreign liquor (IMFL) were recovered from her car, which had a plate displaying the post she was supposedly holding in the RJD,” the police added.
The liquor was brought from Dalkhola in West Bengal for delivery to a senior political leader of Madhepura, the police said, adding that Yadav had not disclosed the name of the politician.
Yadav had been sent to jail and further investigation was underway, they said.
Meanwhile, the Purnia district unit of RJD has denied the arrested woman’s links with the party.
“Renu Yadav was expelled from the RJD for her anti-party activities in the last assembly elections,” district RJD chief Alok Kumar Yadav said. She was now a member of CPI(ML), he added.
He said he would reply to the state party functionaries if asked about her. He added the law would take its own course. He informed that the arrested woman was CPI (ML) leader.
District BJP president PR Verma said the arrest of Renu Yadav had raised doubts over the success of the state government’s total prohibition policy.
Manufacture, sale and consumption of liquor is banned in Bihar since April 5, 2016.