Bihar liquor law: In first conviction, Jehanabad court sentences two brothers to jail for 5 years

Over 25,000 people have been facing cases under the liquor law in Bihar and about 15,000 people have been languishing in jail.

By: Express News Service | Patna | Updated: July 11, 2017 10:58 am
bihar liquor law, bihar prohibition, bihar liquor act, bihar liquor conviction, bihar prohibition case, bihar alcohol ban, bihar liquor ban The two brothers are daily wagers who lived at Purvi Unta area of Jehanabad. (Source: File Photo)

In a first conviction since the Bihar Prohibition and Excise Act, 2016 was put into effect, a Jehanabad court has sentenced two brothers to five-year-jail term with fine of Rs 1 lakh each.

The court of Jehanabad additional district judge on Monday convicted and sentenced Mastan Manjhi and Painter Manjhi to five years jail term and slapped a fine of Rs 1 lakh each for drinking. An excise department team had arrested the two on May 29 this year and medical examination had later confirmed presence of alcohol in their blood samples. The two brothers are daily wagers who lived at Purvi Unta area of Jehanabad.

In June this year, 1878 bottles of liquor were seized from the room of a private high school in Jehanabad. While the liquor was found to be manufactured in Haryana, the liquor seized was from Kishanchand Dangi Girl’s High School premises in Dhangawan area of Jehanabad. While the school administrator’s role was being probed, two persons were arrested for their involvement in the illegal liquor trade.

Over 25,000 people have been facing cases under the liquor law and about 15,000 people have been languishing in jail. By the end of May this year, close to 1.55 lakh litres out of the seized stock of 11.9 lakh litres were destroyed in 20 districts of the state.

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    Arjun
    Jul 11, 2017 at 2:21 pm
    Alcohol is strictly prohibited in Islam, therefore the liquor ban in Bihar.And the convicted men are Dalits that's explains the efficiency with which Bihar Police acted .This is secular,socialism of Nitish Kumar and Laloo Prasad
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      Punekar
      Jul 11, 2017 at 4:10 pm
      Yes, indeed. But why did Modiji ban liquor in Gujarat when he was CM and why did he congratulate Nitish Kumar for introducing this Law in Bihar. A big puzzle for all bhakts!
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        Pritam
        Jul 11, 2017 at 4:14 pm
        Modiji also banned alcholic liquor in Gujarat when he was CM.
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        Sg
        Jul 11, 2017 at 12:29 pm
        If putting any restriction on what you can EAT is illigal, immoral and unethical then how come the restrictions on what you can DRINK becomes legal, moral and ethical things to do???? Strange country and strange laws!!!!
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          Punekar
          Jul 11, 2017 at 4:11 pm
          By the same logic why should there be a ban for smoking pot?
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          alan fernandes
          Jul 11, 2017 at 12:28 pm
          Ridiculous ! When in other states of the same country people are enjoying their freedom of action, these poor brothers are being severely punished for seeking a little enjoying probably after a hard day's work. Apparently they are paying the price of living in Bihar.
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            Ravi Verma
            Jul 11, 2017 at 11:58 am
            Why dosen't govt ban smoking which is more injurious to health?Drinking moderately is atleast beneficial to health .Probably because cigerrate lobby is more powerful and also prohibition is source of income for all from top to bottom.
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              Chirwat
              Jul 11, 2017 at 11:08 am
              Two poor daily wages workers sentenced to five years in prison for having a drink while criminals like Laloo and his children roam around freely ...... this is truly justice Bihar style!
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