After some of the retired and serving military personnel were arrested for violating Bihar’s liquor prohibition law, the army has now warned them to not carry alcohol while travelling in the state. The Canteen Services Directorate (CSD) of the Quartermaster General’s Branch in a letter to all headquarters of the Army said that many of the service personnel either transiting Bihar or going to the state were arrested for possession of alcohol despite possessing authorization letters.
“In view of the above Act, it is advised that service personnel (serving/retired) while transiting through/going to state of Bihar should not carry/ be in possession of any liquor with them,” says the letter.
The letter was dispatched to the Army headquarters of Andaman and Nicobar Command, Ordnance Factory Board, Directorate General Assam Rifles, Naval Headquarters, Air Headquarters and Coast Guard Headquarters.
While Nitish Kumar government declared Bihar a dry state in April, the Army headquarters pointed out that the state government’s order are not applicable on military cantonments. However, the letter makes it clear that Danapur is the only notified cantonment in Bihar, and other military stations in the state are not exempted.
Earlier in August, a Captain was booked after he was caught with 22 bottles of liquor at the Hajipur railway station. The Army officer had brought the liquor from Shillong, where he was posted.