Huge quantity of liquor, country made as well as Indian made foreign liquor (IMFL), was seized during raids across Bihar on Wednesday, a day after total ban on sale and consumption of alcohol was clamped in the state.
Police conducted raids at 1,159 places across the state, recovered 4,665 litres of IMFL, over 20,000 litres of country liquor, 380 litres of spirit and sent 85 people to jail for violating the provisions of alcohol ban.
In the state capital, Malsalami police seized 90 cartons of illegal liquor from a hut at Damrahi Ghat. “It seems that the liquor was hidden in the hut to avoid the police action. However, as the matter came before us, the police team raided the place and seized the illegal brew,” said city SP (east) Dhurat Saayli.
When the police reached the hut, no one was present there, she said, adding that efforts were on to trace the owner of the liquor. A case was being registered in this connection, she said.
In Nalanda, the home district of chief minister Nitish Kumar, 990 litres of IMFL liquor was seized from a hotel in Biharsharif and its owner arrested.
A report from Kishanganj said more than 150 cartons of IMFL, headed for neighbouring Malda district in West Bengal, was seized at Faring Gola check post.
The liquor coming from Siliguri bore stamp of West Bengal but there was no signature of any official and hence excise officials seized the consignment. In Siwan, 235 cartons of IMFL were seized from PACS chief Ramayan Choudhary.
Assistant excise commissioner Om Prakash Gupta told HT that around 17,000 litres of country made liquor were seized from Konhra Bazar area in Saran district.
A control room, set up in the state police headquarters, said altogether 92 complaints of illegal sale, stocking and consumption of liquor was received till 5pm on Wednesday and officials concerned were alerted for action against them.
The state government had on Tuesday imposed of a total ban on the sale and consumption of alcohol, including IMFL with immediate effect. This resulted in drastic decline in footfalls in hotels, clubs, bars and restaurants in different parts of the state.
The government had banned sale and consumption of country and spiced liquor in rural areas from April 1, but had allowed sale of IMFL in towns and cities. On midnight Tuesday, police had seized 445 litres of country made liquor, 2,405 litres of IMFL, nine litres beer and 15.80 quintals of java-mahua.