Alcohol will not be allowed in Bihar’s first assembly elections after the ban. The administration has a keen eye on trying to influence voters through alcohol. Within just 20 days of the announcement of the election, the Bihar police, excise department and central agencies have taken major steps against liquor smuggling. More than 4 lakh liters of liquor were recovered during this period and several thousand FIRs have been registered.
The Election Commission has announced the schedule for the September 25 Bihar Assembly elections. From the next day onwards, all the agencies including the police were effective for peaceful and fair elections. Measures have been taken at various levels to prevent voters from using money and alcohol during elections. Between September 2 and October 15, 41041116 liters of domestic and foreign liquor were recovered. Recovering more than 4 lakh liters of alcohol in just 20 days is being seen as a major achievement.
More than 20,000 liters of liquor were found in 5 districts
There are five districts in the state where more than 20,000 liters of liquor have been recovered. Of these, 43 liters were seized in Purnia, 35 in Baishali, 29 in Muzaffarpur, 24 in Madhubani and 22,000 in Gopalganj. At the same time, there are 9 districts, including Patna, where more than 10,000 liters of liquor were recovered. There is no district in the 40 districts and 4 railway police districts of the state where liquor has not been found in the last 20 days.
4351 FIR filed
4351 FIRs related to alcohol seizure were registered during this period. The highest number of 441 FIRs were registered in Patna, 196 in Gopalganj, 195 in Saran, 160 in Motihari, 189 in Muzaffarpur and 156 in Madhubani.
The ban has been in place since April 2016
Alcohol bans are effective in Bihar from April 2011. There is a complete ban on the production, storage, distribution and use of alcohol.