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Bihar Alcohol Ban: 1.61 Lakh Violation Cases, Only 141 Sentenced

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| October 2 , 2018 , 17:37 IST

Since April 1, 2016, Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar banned Alcohol in the state, out of the 1.61 lakh arrested people only 141 have been sentenced so far for violating the liquor ban norms, media reported on Tuesday.

According to an Excise and Prohibition Department official around 1.33 lakh of the 1.61 lakh cases were recorded till on April 5, 2016.

In connection with the violation of ban norms, the police have conducted raids on over 4 lakh locations while the Excise Department conducted raids on more than 2 lakh locations and seized over 16 lakh litres of foreign-made liquor and nine lakh litres of country-made liquor.

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The police have also seized thousands of litres of spirit and hundreds of beer bottles during the raids.

After imposing the ban on Alcohol, Kumar had said, "The law enforcement agencies have been directed to act tough against violators." 

Kumar had announced the ban in a press conference.

In India now the Alcohol is banned in Bihar, Gujarat, Manipur, Nagaland and in the Union Territory of Lakshadweep.

Previously there were reports that the ban on liquor may not have been designed to ban medical uses of alcohol as the ban on liquor had resulted in a scarcity of ethyl alcohol used to in medical tests to diagnose tuberculosis.