On the heels of Bihar’s lawmakers, the state’s policemen joined the prohibition campaign on Monday, taking an oath to not drink alcohol and work to ensure successful prohibition.
The police have already set up a control room in Patna, which would be function round the clock to ensure the implementation of the prohibition – an issue close to Chief Minister Nitish Kumar’s heart.
Four days ago, the state government had passed a new law that banned the sale of country liquor and provided for death penalty for those caught manufacturing or selling countrymade and spurious liquor.
On the occasion, the state’s 243 legislators had formally declared their intent to “stay away from alcohol”.
243 legislators had formally declared their intent to stay away from alcohol.
On the Chief Minister’s appeal for “charity begins at home”, both Houses had adopted a resolution, stating that they would not consume liquor and to discourage others from doing so. A partial ban on liquor has been in place since Friday, when all shops selling country liquor in rural areas were shut down.
In cities like Patna and Gaya, alcohol is available, but only at government-run outlets. But under the new law, anyone found drinking in a public place – including in Patna – could face between five and eight years in prison.
The chief minister had got the idea of enforcing the ban after some women had demanded a total prohibition on alcohol in the state during an official function on July 9 last year.