52 Bihar cops under lens for aiding, abetting illegal liquor trade
The inspector general of Bihar’s Tirhut zone said directives had also been issued to all the SPs in the zone to start the process to confiscate property of 244 identified active liquor traders and auction vehicles which were seized while transporting alcoholindia Updated: Jun 07, 2017 15:09 IST
Muzaffarpur A meeting of senior police officers of north Bihar’s Tirhut police zone has recommended disciplinary action against 52 policemen, many of them in senior positions, for allegedly aiding and abetting illegal liquor trade.
Tirhut zone inspector general (IG) Sunil Kumar, who chaired the meeting, said the decision to initiate disciplinary action was taken in the light of chief minister Nitish Kumar’s recent directive for “exemplary punishment” to policemen who had been letting illegal liquor trade flourish.
The meeting was attended by deputy inspector general of Muzaffarpur and Saran range and superintendents of police (SPs) 10 police districts in Tirhut zone. The 10 police districts in Tirhut zone are Muzaffarpur, East Champaran, West Champaran, Bagaha, Sitamarhi, Vaishali, Sheohar, Saran, Siwan and Gopalganj.
Kumar said directives had also been issued to SPs of all the 10 districts in the zone to start proceedings to confiscate property of all identified active liquor traders and auction the vehicles which were seized while transporting alcohol.
“We have identified 244 persons active in liquor trade in north Bihar. Besides, 52 police officials have also been found abetting the illegal business. While the property of people involved in the illegal trade are to be confiscated, the names of erring police officials have been sent to the police headquarters for action and departmental proceedings,” Kumar added.
He said the SPs and other officials concerned had also been asked to complete investigations in such cases in which huge consignments were seized. “Altogether, 8,809 persons have been arrested, while 3.13 lakh litres of liquor seized in Tirhut division since total prohibition was effected in April 2106,” he said.
Meanwhile, Muzaffarpur district magistrate Dharmendra Kumar Singh ordered confiscation of property of 10 liquor traders and auction their vehicles. He passedthe orders after hearing their appeals in 14 cases.
He also ordered attachment of property in nine cases, while directing for auction of 15 vehicles impounded for violation of the liquor law.
Bihar became a dry state on April 5, last year. Consuming, keeping or dealing in liquor is an offence under the state’s new excise prohibition law, which provides for imprisonment up to 10 years.
Decision to initiate disciplinary action taken in light of CM’s recent directive for exemplary punishment to policemen who have been letting illegal liquor trade flourish
Sunil Kumar, Tirhut zone IG