CM Gives Free Hand to Cops to Go after Bootleggers

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Patna: Chief Minister Nitish Kumar, facing criticism over 'rats drinking millions of liters of seized alcohol' in Bihar, summoned a high-level meeting of the top officials on Wednesday to review implementation of prohibition in the state and how to plug loopholes so confiscated liquor do not resurface in the black market.

Directing the officials to implement prohibition laws with impunity to stop the sale of alcohol by bootleggers or rogue cops, Kumar said that the authorities should go after the law-breakers by seizing liquor consignment, seizing of their property and vehicle and their subsequent public auction.

The Chief Minister ordered the officials to stop smugglers at the borders of Bihar to make sure not a single bottle of liquor gets into the state. He also asked them to go after the so-called 'liquor mafia' and bring them to justice without any fear of backlash from senior government officials or state law-makers.

"People of Bihar want prohibition in the state and it was proved by the world's longest human chain in the state in support of total ban on alcoholic drinks. Now all we have to do is to implement the law that was passed last year," Kumar, who has been routinely criticized by his political opponents of abandoning development agenda in favor of his obsession with prohibition, said.

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