A jawan of the Bihar Military Police (BMP) died under mysterious circumstances in his barrack at Dehri-on Sone in Rohtas district on Tuesday.
Police sources said 35-year-old Raj Kishore Sharma, who was a habitual drunkard, committed suicide by consuming some poisonous substance at his barrack after he allegedly could not drink his favourite brand due to the imposition of complete prohibition in the state. He later died at the Narayani Hospital in Sasaram.
Senior officials ruled out the possibility of the constable committing suicide or others forcibly administering poison to him. No suicide note was found in his room.
On April 4, Sharma, along with another BMP personnel, had pledged not to consume liquor and even submitted an affidavit in this regard. Akhtar told HT that a case of unnatural death had been registered with the police and a postmortem was also conducted. Sharma’s viscera were preserved for further investigation.
Sharma, a resident of Kanauli village under Makhdumpur police station in Jehanabad, was a habitual drunkard and was suspended five times because of it. His suspension was revoked on March 24 by commandant Dr Parvez Akhtar.
Meanwhile, to implement total prohibition, 14,108 litres of domestic liquor and 2,386 litres of foreign brands were seized from across Bihar on Thursday. Forty-four persons were arrested in 655 raids under provisions of the new Bihar Excise (Amendment) Act, 2016, said Om Prakash Mandal, assistant commissioner, excise.
There were also reports about habitual alcoholics being brought to de-addiction centres in different districts.
(With PTI inputs)