Rats Binged on Over 9 Lakh Litres of Alcohol, Says Bihar Police

The Nitish Kumar government enacted total prohibition in Bihar in April last year.

With alcohol out of bounds for people in Bihar, rats at police stations are on a binge, defying the liquor ban and guzzling down seized liquor. With the rats running riot, the state police headquarters has ordered a probe.

The fact that rodents were making merry in the dungeons came to light following media reports that they had overrun the ''Malkhana'' (store) of the police stations and had guzzled down a large amount of the more than 9 lakh litres of alcohol seized by the police.

It emerged at the recent crime meeting of the state police that while a major portion of the seized liquor got destroyed on the way to police stations, an equally large amount was consumed by rodents in the store of the police stations.

Meanwhile, Bihar Police has arrested President of Bihar Police Men's Association on charge of consuming liquor.

Patna Senior Superintendent of Police, Manu Maharaj said that a police team arrested Police Association President Nirmal Singh and a member of the Association, Shamsher Singh, from police lines for consuming liquor.

The two were produced in the court of Judge of Special Excise Court Ravindra Nath Tripathi and have been remanded in judicial custody till 18 May.

The Nitish Kumar government had enacted total prohibition in Bihar since April last year. In order to enforce the liquor ban, a special drive has been launched by the police as well as Excise department, across the state.

(With inputs from PTI.)