While the prisons department has directed jail superintendents, through an SMS, to undertake a caste survey of those booked under the liquor law, the home department has asked all jail superintendents in an internal WhatsApp group to give monthly details of top castes in each category.
Tiandong's bail plea was rejected twice earlier by a lower court on the plea that as the offence falls under section 38 (1,2) of the Bihar Excise and Prohibition Act provides for a maximum jail term of 10 years with fine.
Tiandong, who was residing at a building rented by the company in Anisabad, was held on Sunday and further investigation is underway to ascertain how he managed to get liquor in dry Bihar or whether he smuggled it in while coming to the state.
Opposition leaders, including the former Chief Minister and Hindustani Awam Morcha President Jitan Ram Manjhi, have been critical of the Nitish Kumar administration over the ban, alleging that people punished for violating the law are primarily Dalits from a poor background and that the government fails to catch the big fish.
The ADG of Bihar Crime Intelligence Department said that they had established contact with canine training centres of the Army as well as paramilitary forces but could not find dogs specialised in smelling liquor.
Prohibition in Bihar: Police and excise officials say most of the liquor that enters Bihar illegally comes from across the India-Nepal border through Motihari, and from West Bengal (via Katihar), UP (via Gopalganj) and Jharkhand (via Gaya).
Gujarat, after its formation in 1960 out of Bombay State, continued the ban and still enforces it to this day. So basically, the manufacture, sale, consumption, and storage of alcohol is illegal in the state.
The decision to approve the creation of the post of Inspector General of Police (Prohibition) for better enforcement of the ban on sale and consumption of liquor was taken yesterday at a meeting of the state Cabinet here, chaired by Chief Minister Nitish Kumar, said Upendra Nath Pandey, special secretary, Cabinet Secretariat Department.