Bihar State Ex-services League Friday marched to the Governor House to protest against the arrest of about 60 serving personnel, including an officer, for carrying Army quota liquor into the state, under the liquor law. The state has about 1.5 lakh ex-servicemen and about 50,000 servicemen come to the state during their vacations.
The ex-servicemen body’s president Lieutenant NK Singh (retired) , who met Governor Ramnath Kovind, said: “We have expressed our concerns with the Governor about the black liquor law. We will intensify our stir if the government does not drop cases against armymen languishing in jail.”
Captain Mohan Rawat (retired) said: “Army order 32/84 allows armymen to buy six to 12 bottles per month from the Army canteen. Other prohibition states such as Gujarat and Kerala respect the Army order but Bihar government does not give us road permit to carry liquor from Ramgarh canteen in Jharkhand to the state. Bihar Police rather arrests serving armymen who bring quota liquor into Bihar. Several of them have no knowledge of the state’s draconian law.”