The Bihar Police on Sunday presented a report card of the state’s achievements pertaining to Prohibition, which was enforced nearly two years ago.
Addressing a press conference in Patna, ADG (Headquarters) SK Singhal said that the state police has arrested 610 people (from other states) involved in the liquor mafia.
Singhal said that in the last couple of years 185 people from Jharkhand, 156 from UP, 112 from Haryana, 59 from West Bengal, 29 from Punjab, 26 from Nepal, 13 from Rajasthan, 13 from Delhi, 3 each from Assam, Madhya Pradesh and Maharashtra, 2 from Uttarakhand and one each from Karnataka, Odisha and Jammu Kashmir have been arrested and sent to jail.
“Maximum number of liquor mafia have been arrested from Jharkhand and Uttar Pradesh because they are immediate neighbours of Bihar,” added Singhal.
He said that in the last two years 62,123 alcohol-related cases were registered and 92,111 persons arrested. During this period, the police and the excise department recovered 23,70,179 litres of liquor (both country-made and foreign).
Singhal said the Bihar police has cracked down on its own officials for not implementing prohibition properly in their respective areas.
According to figures, police have sacked 32 personnel from service after they were found to have been negligent in implementing prohibition. Also, 132 police officials have been suspended and departmental action is going on against them on similar charges.
He said disciplinary action has been taken against 361 police officials.
As far as illegal liquor recovery in the state is concerned, in the last two years police has destroyed 8,48,313 liters of liquor across the state.
Police has also seized 159 private and 28 commercial buildings where illegal activity relating to liquor trade was taking place. Police had also confiscated 654 vehicles used for smuggling of liquor into Bihar.