You may not believe this but Patna SSP Manu Maharaj has been informed that rats consumed prohibited liquor worth crores of rupees in Patna — the capital city of Bihar, according to a report by prabhatkhabar.com
Incidentally, sale and consumption of liquor by humans are completely banned in Bihar. The matter of rats consuming illegal liquor came to light when SSP called a meeting of officials on Tuesday to take a stock of law and order situation ahead of local civic body elections in the city.
Maharaj was informed that illegal liquor worth crores was seized by police. But all of the seized illegal liquor has either been destroyed or consumed by rats. The information shocked Maharaj, says the report.
During the meeting, the SSP was informed that rats first nibble the lid of the bottle in the store and then consume the liquor.
The SSP ordered officials to make all police store rooms rat-free. He also ordered breath analysing test of police officials placed on duty at police stations. Cops can now be tested for this at any point of time. According to the report, a policeman may even lose his job if he gets caught in the test or refuses to participate in the breath analysing test.
Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar has been at the forefront of implementing prohibition and formation of the law against liquor consumption and sale in the state. Kumar has also been campaigning for the implementation of prohibition across the country.
A huge number of police posts are vacant in Bihar. On Tuesday, the Supreme Court had pulled up Bihar government over its roadmap to fill up the vacancies. “You are making fun of this court,” the apex court told the Bihar government when the latter sought two years time to appoint 174 stenographers in the police. SC also rejected its roadmap to fill up the vacancies in the force.
“This proposal is completely unacceptable. You want time till 2019 to fill up the posts of 174 stenographers. This is not done. You are making fun of this court. You can hold one single test for stenographers and recruit them,” a bench headed by Chief Justice J S Khehar said.
(With PTI input)