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Missing alcohol was drunk by rats, says Bihar Police. For real

LiveMint logoLiveMint 04-05-2017 PTI

Patna: Rats in Bihar are in high spirits—or so the state Police insist. Rodents are believed to have finished off more than 9 lakh litres of alcohol which the police had seized from people flouting prohibition laws in the state.

The issue came up after the media reported that the seized bottles of liquor were missing from police station ‘malkhanas’ (stores).

At a recent meeting of the state police, it was said that some of the seized bottles had been destroyed, and what was left was finished off in the stores by liquor-loving 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) S K Singhal told PTI on Thursday.

Meanwhile, the police today arrested the president of the Bihar Police Men’s Association, Nirmal Singh, and a member of the association, Shamsher Singh, for consuming liquor.

The two will be in judicial custody till 18 May. 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.

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