Honking the horn of his car persistently and that too in a bid to overtake a senior administrative officer in the Bhojpur district headquarters town of Ara proved the undoing of a Bihar government doctor.
The medical practitioner and his compounder have become the latest alleged worshippers of Bacchus to fall prey to the stringent law governing the imposition of complete prohibition in Bihar with effect from April first week.
On Saturday evening, the Ara Nawada police arrested Dr Shatrughan Prasad, posted at a primary health centre at Kesath in Buxar district adjacent to Bhojpur, and his compounder Anil Prasad.
The duo could well have avoided a lot of trouble they are now in had they not been in what the police described as ‘high spirits’ and irritated a senior official commuting in his official vehicle right ahead of them.
The doctor and the compounder were arrested from Ara’s Club Road when they allegedly honked the horn of the car they were travelling in, apparently in a bid to overtake the vehicle of Ara sadar sub-divisional officer (SDO).
Upset by ‘nuisance’ they were allegedly causing, the SDO informed the Ara Nawada police, causing the SHO of Ara Nawada police station rush to the spot and intercept the doctor.
“We pressed a breathalyzer against their faces and the doctor and his compounder were found heavily drunk. We are now sending them to jail under the provisions of the excise Act,” said Ara Nawada SHO Sanjay Shankar.
Doctor Prasad is originally a resident of Vishunpura under Sandesh police station of Bhojpur district, but he runs a private clinic at Mahavir Tola mohalla of Ara town.
However, a doctor, who was part of the medical board constituted to examine the ‘erring’ doctor and his compounder, claimed that when the two were presented before the medical team they were in their senses and well-oriented.
The urine and blood samples of both the doctor and his compounder were taken before a police inspector and sent to the forensic science laboratory in Patna for testing. “That should bring out the truth as to whether or not the two were found in a drunken state,” said the dissenting doctor.