Mandeep Singh was looking forward to a grand reception at his prospective in-laws’ place on his wedding day on Saturday. Instead, he will now cool his heels in a jail, where he landed a day before his marriage that was to be solemnised at Asansol in West Bengal.
Mandeep, 26, a restaurant owner, and his childhood friend Bachitar Singh, 28, an automobile engineer in Australia, were allegedly caught drinking liquor in an AC-3 compartment of Howrah-bound Punjab Mail.
They were arrested under provisions of the new liquor law in Bihar by a railway escort party at Danapur junction.
Superintendent of railway police PN Mishra said two persons of Hasanpur village in Amritsar district of Punjab were caught consuming liquor in Punjab Mail at Danapur on Thursday night by a railway escort party on receiving complaints from passengers.
The escort party recovered Rs 1.23 lakh in cash, an open bottle of Indian Made Foreign Liquor (IMFL), soft drink bottles and cell phones from the two Asansolbound passengers.
A case was registered against them with the Danapur GRP station under the new excise law and the Indian Railway Act, the SRP said.
A medical test of the two confirmed excessive consumption of liquor by them, he added.
Bihar has declared complete prohibition since Tuesday last. The SRP said as part of the campaign against alcohol, rigorous checking was being done in trains passing through Bihar.