Guess who is having a booze party in Bihar? Rats! Cannot believe your ears but that’s the claims made by Bihar police. Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar has sanctioned a liquor ban in the state but rodents seem to having a gala time drinking over 9 lakh litres of seized alcohol. According to the police, rats are believed to have finished off more than most of the alcohol which the police had seized from people flouting prohibition laws in the state. However absurd the claims may sound, but the state police insist on it. The liquor loving animals have either destroyed the stored alcohol or finished off by drinking in the stores.
Rats have reportedly guzzled over 9 lakh litres of Indian and foreign alcohol seized in raids and were kept in the ‘malkhanas’ or the dingy stores of police stations. The issue came up after the media reported that the seized bottles of liquor were missing from the police stations. At a recent meeting of the Bihar police, it came to everyone’s notice that the alcohol has been either destroyed or finished by the rats. “We have asked the Patna zonal IG to inquire into the matter. Based on his findings, the state police headquarters will initiate further action,” Additional Director General of Police (Headquarters) SK Singhal told PTI.
The vanishing act of alcohols and subsequent blame on the rats was investigated by a senior police officer in Patna, Manu Maharaj, who carried a surprise check in the police stations to find human offenders and not the rats as conveniently pointed out by some policemen. The police arrested the president of the Bihar Police Men’s Association, Nirmal Singh, and a member of the Association, Shamsher Singh, for consuming liquor.
Nirmal Singh, a constable, accused Manu Maharaj of framing him on raising an issue of the police force. He and Shamsher Khan were allegedly heavily drunk when they were arrested. The two will be in judicial custody till May 18. The Nitish Kumar government clamped total prohibition on Bihar last April. To enforce the liquor ban, a special drive has been launched by the police and the excise department across the state.