Patna: Two years after imposing a ban on the liquor in the state Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar on Tuesday said the state government that in the coming monsoon session will present an amendment in the law. Kumar said the ban has been effective in the state, but also agree that the ban may give an opportunity for people to break the law.
Nitish Kumar was attending an event which was organised by the Economic Offences Unit (EOU) of the Bihar police on International Day Against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking yesterday. Kumar told the gathering that he had recently learned about the death of four people in Begusarai, who died after consuming surgical spirit.
“I have just learned about the deaths of four persons in Begusarai. Investigations have revealed that they consumed surgical spirit, which is rubbed on the arm before an injection is administered. There are some people in our society who indulge in illicit liquor trade,” said the chief minister. He justified the next moment saying that these incidents do not indicate that the prohibition has failed.
Kumar said it is “a result of the polluted mentality of a few persons. Our officers should publicise such incidents so that people could take a lesson and refrain from consuming alcohol. Nitish Kumar will be raising the issue in the Bihar Assembly at Monsoon session next month. He said the Supreme Court has also given them consent to change the law.
“A team has formed to properly analyse the details of prohibition. The sole aim is to impose prohibition in a proper manner so that people get benefited from it,” he added. The liquor ban in Bihar started in April 2016.