Vicky Manjhi, maternal grandson of former chief minister of Bihar Jitan Ram Manjhi, was caught possessing liquor on Friday evening at Kotwara village in Gaya district.
The police arrested him and took him for interrogation to the local police station.
There has been a liquor ban in place in the state, which was challenged in Patna High Court that ordered quashing the state’s prohibition law. However, the Supreme Court overturned the verdict by supporting the Bihar government’s decision of banning liquor in the state. The news of his arrest with bottles of liquor has come as a shock to the former chief minister and chief of Hindustani Awam Morcha (HAM), though he has been opposed to the government decision of banning booze in the state.
The Bihar government on Gandhi Jayanti had announced the new law banning liquor. The new law has harsher provisions like the arrest of all adults in the event of recovery of contraband liquor in their house.
It had, earlier this month, notified the Bihar Prohibition and Excise Act, 2016, ensuring that the ban on sale and consumption of alcohol, including Indian Made Foreign Liquor (IMFL), as well spiced and domestic liquor continued in the state. According to this law those drinking alcohol could be jailed for up to seven years and could be made to pay Rs 1 lakh to Rs 10 lakh as fine.
It also has a provision under which people who allow their premises to be used for a congregation where liquor is served and brawls take place will be imprisoned for a period of ten years which can be extended to life term.
All adults of a family are liable to be arrested if liquor was found at their house. Collective fine would be slapped on villages and urban clusters in case of habitual violation of the prohibition law.
(The news has been contributed by one of our readers Rajnish Singh. To send news articles, mail to firstname.lastname@example.org)