Posting his photo with liquor a liquor bottle proved too costly for a youth in Bihar as he landed in jail. Four of his drinking partners were also arrested. The incident happened in Biharsharif on Sunday night.
According to a report in Hindi daily Prabhat Khabar, the youth identified as Vicky Aarya posted the photo on Facebook on Sunday and captioned it “party all night”. One of Vicky’s friend was also seen in the photo. However, the photo reached Superintendent of Police Ashish Kumar who immediately started tracing the whereabouts of the youth.
Vicky was arrested from Laheri Thana area of Nalanda district along with four other friends in an inebriated condition, Prabhat Khabar reported.
According to the prohibition law of Bihar, it is illegal to promote liquor consumption through any medium. The law also mentions suitable punishment for the crime. The arrested youths face double charges — of drinking alcohol as well as publicising it. This is probably the first of its kind incident when someone has been arrested for posting a picture with the liquor bottle on the social media site.
Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar has been vigorously campaigning for the strict imposition of the liquor ban in the state.
While many in the country, especially those living in urban centres would ridicule Kumar for even suggesting the imposition of prohibition, the idea does have a sound economic logic. India is still a predominantly poor country and crores of people waste their hard-earned money on liquor consumption every day.
The Bihar CM is now demanding prohibition across the country. His logic: If prohibition is imposed, people would have more cash in their hands. Moreover, they would live a healthy life. This, however, may sound a bit idiotic or useless to the comfort-seeking middle and upper classes of India.
Supporting Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s note-ban drive, Kumar had recently said that demonetisation alone would not achieve the desired objective of curbing black money in the country. Instead, it should be accompanied by the seizure of ‘benaami’ properties and prohibition. “Demonetisation, prohibition and attack on ‘benaami’ properties can help India go ahead of China,” Prabhat Khabar had quoted him as saying.