After nine policemen were suspended in the wake of daeths of four persons after consuming illicit liquor is Rohtas district of south western Bihar on Saturday, the axe is now set to fall on two officials of the excise and prohibition department.
The Nitish Kumar government had imposed a complete ban on sale and consumption of alcohol in Bihar in April previous year.
In neighbouring state Uttar Pradesh, the Yodi Adityanath-led government amended a 107 year old law and approved capital punishment for those indulging in illicit liquor trade. "Prima facie investigation suggests the four could have drunk liquor but we are waiting for post-mortem report".
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Bihar has been under prohibition from April, 2016.
"An information was received today about the death of four people, all of them in the age group of 25 to 35 years, after consuming spurious liquor in Danwar village under Kachhwa police station area of Rohtas late last night", a release issued here by the DGP control room said. "He is not even concerned with its implementation because the whole thing was politically motivated", Yadav, who now holds no position in Bihar politics and remains under the scanner of different anti-corruption agencies including the CBI, said in Patna on Saturday.
"Kumar used to hold meetings in states like Uttar Pradesh, Jharkhand, Chhattisgarh, Madhya Pradesh to press the demand for complete prohibition across the country. The police's failure to curb crime is directly proportional to his own failure", tweeted Tejashwi Prasad Yadav, leader of Opposition in the Bihar Legislative Assembly". Now, they are in power in the state. "How will the ruling dispensation muster the moral strength required to strictly enforce the ban on sale and consumption of liquor?" "Liquor was being sold in the village with the help of local police", a villager said. "The people of the State will teach a befitting lesson to this corrupt and inefficient Government at an appropriate time", he added.