Kumar Rajiv Nayan

Ara: Prohibition notwithstanding, liquor mafias are smuggling liquor from other states into Bihar. Liquor is being supplied door to door after getting order on mobiles but the boozers have to  pay thrice the original price. Though the police have arrested at 130 small  liquor traders but the kingpins are roaming free. Now the Indian Made Foreign Liquor (IMFL) is easily available even in rural areas in  Bhojpur district.

Sources said that the liquor mafias have formed their syndicates each comprising four or five liquor mafia and smuggling liquor from  Utter Pradesh, Jharkhand, Bengal, Chhatisgarh and Haryana besides Madhya Pradesh and Arunachal Pradesh into Bihar on Pick- Up vans  and trucks loaded with other goods. The Syndicates distribute the consignment among themselves and hide them at secluded places. They prefer smuggling of liquor from Bengal as it is packed there per litre while in other states it is available in 750 ml pack. Liquor is being smuggled into Bhojpur district from three routes. It is brought from Utter Pradesh through river Ganga via Barhara and Shahpur as they are located on the banks of the river, by trains from Bengal and via road from Chhatisgarh and Haryana.

In the latest development, the liquor mafias are using fruity packs for liquor which costs Rs 100 per 180 ml but is sold at Rs 250 in Bhojpur and Buxar districts. Some liquor factories in Utter Pradesh are packing liquor in fruity packs and send them to Bihar.

Bhojpur SP Kshatranil Singh said that all the SHOs had been instructed to keep round the clock vigil and said some liquor traders had been arrested and forwarded to jail.  He said that the GRP had arrested Indu Bhushan, a BMP personnel and a resident of Shital Tola locality, from Bibhuti Express train at Ara railway station when he was disturbing other passengers in the AC coach of the train in a drunken state. The SP said that he was posted in the BMP at Dumraon and a case has been filed against him.

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