Brigadier arrested in drunken state for Excise Act violation in Bihar
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Brigadier arrested in drunken state for Excise Act violation in Bihar

This is the first time that a brigadier rank officer has been arrested ever since Bihar enforced total prohibition on April 5, 2016.

india Updated: Jun 10, 2017 19:59 IST
Avinash Kumar
Avinash Kumar
Hindustan Times, Patna
Representative pictureI(HT FILE)

For the first time in Bihar, a brigadier rank officer was arrested by the police from Dhangai village of Bhojpur district, 60km west of the state capital, on charges of allegedly consuming liquor and violating Bihar’s prohibition laws, besides creating nuisance in the locality late on Friday evening.

The Brigadier identified as Dhanus Bhanjan Pathak, 49, currently posted at Dibrugarh in Assam, arrived at his native place three days ago on a week-long leave to attend a marriage function. He was sent to judicial custody on Saturday.

Police said, a case has been lodged with Dhangain police station on the basis of statement of his brother Chittaranjan Pathak, alleging that the army officer assaulted his wife in a drunken state.

SDPO (Jagdishpur) Daya Shankar confirming the arrest of the army officer suspected it to be a fall out of a land dispute between the brothers.

Chittarajan’s wife had made a call to police at around 9.30pm and informed that brother in-law was creating a ruckus in an inebriated condition and had assaulted family members.

On getting information a police team reached Dalipur village and overpowered the army officer. He was taken to sadar hospital where the doctor took blood sample and breathalyser test, which proved positive.

The report about the brigadier’s arrest has caught the senior defence officers by surprise as they got it from media. Standard norms applied in such cases mandate that the local unit of the Army must be informed by the police within 12 hours of the incident. However, Danapur JB sub area station headquarters, which is the nearest army installation, had no information about the arrest.

Earlier on April 7, 2016 Hajipur GRP had arrested an army officer identified as Captain Dheeraj Kumar with 22 bottles of Indian Made Foreign Liquor (IMFL). Kumar was travelling on the Guwahati-New Delhi Rajdhani Express and reached Hajipur at around 9pm when his bags were searched. Police recovered 22 bottles of 750 ml each, which had been bought from Army canteen in Shillong.

Under the amended state excise and prohibition law over 80 Army personnel, both serving and retired, have been sent to jail during the last one year, claimed Jay Prakash Singh, member of ex-servicemen League, Patna.

The Indian Army has also warned both serving and retired military personnel not to carry liquor while travelling through Bihar. An advisory issued by the Army said that service personnel, either transiting through Bihar or going to the state, were being arrested for possession of liquor, despite possessing relevant authorisation letters. The letter advised military personnel not to consume or carry liquor outside the Danapur cantonment area in Patna.

(With inputs from Prashant Ranjan, Ara )

First Published: Jun 10, 2017 19:59 IST