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CM Nitish Kumar chairs review meet on Liqour ban, directs strong action against liquor laundering

Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar on Thursday headed a review meeting on liquor prohibition. This was aimed at making liquor ban more stringent at every level. He came up with several strict directions including police stations across the state to give the state government their word, in writing, that no illegal liquor trade is taking place in their jurisdiction.

During the meet, he issued a stern warning to police officers statewide – if alcohol is recovered from places that fall within their jurisdiction/area, they will not be given postings in police stations for the next ten years. To stop the laundering of liquor, the Intelligence, the Excise and Special branch will provide additional support to the IG prohibition.

Speaking on Liquor ban, Nitish Kumar said- Prohibition of liquor has brought a radical social change benefiting the women and children of society.

The meeting on liquor prohibition was attended by Minister Bijendra Prasad Yadav, Chanchal Kumar, secretary to Bihar CM, DGP Gupteshwar Pandey and top brass of police officials.

Despite stringent measures by the state government illegal trade has flourished even under prohibition. On Tuesday, police seized over 1,000 cartoons of Indian Made Foreign Liquor (IMFL) worth Rs. 1 crore and arrested three peddlers in Gopalganj district close to Bihar-UP border.

Though, the arrested men did not reveal names of those who booked the consignment. Gopalganj located on Bihar-UP border has become a major illegal transit point for liquor smuggling ever since the state was declared dry in April, 2016.

Even home delivery of liquor in pockets of Bihar is an undeniable truth.

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