‘Those who drink aren't Indians’: Nitish Kumar calls people who consume liquor as 'Mahapaapi'

FPJ Web DeskUpdated: Thursday, March 31, 2022, 12:24 PM IST
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Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar | Photo: File Image

Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar called the people who consume liquor as "Mahapaapi". Bihar government is being criticized over repeated hooch tragedies, Nitish Kumar said the state government cannot be made liable for providing relief to people who die after consuming toxic liquor.

Speaking at the Bihar legislative assembly, "Somebody went to drink alcohol and died after drinking poisonous liquor, alcohol is bad. Liquor ban should be implemented."

Further he said that ,Mahatma Gandhi has also said that it is bad to drink alcohol and he who does not listen to Bapu is a great sinner. Laws are made but no one follows them, he further stated.

Somebody went to drink alcohol and died after drinking poisonous liquor, alcohol is bad, he stated.

"Further he said that liquor ban should be implemented. It is bad to drink alcohol, Bapu has also said and he who does not listen to Bapu is a great sinner, he Laws are made but no one follows them," he added.

Nitish Kumar also said that people consume hooch despite knowing that liquor consumption is harmful and they are responsible for the consequences, not the state government.

The Bihar Legislative Assembly on Wednesday passed the Bihar Prohibition and Excise (Amendment) Bill, 2022 which empowers the state government to impose penalties for certain categories of offences instead of direct imprisonment.

The Bill permits the state government to prescribe fines, and imprisonment (in case of repeat offenders) for the consumption of liquor.

The Bill comes after the criticism of the Nitish Kumar government over the continuous increase in the number of cases pending in courts and undertrials in jails.

After the amendment, the offender will be presented before a duty magistrate, which will decide the seriousness of the offence.

After going through the circumstances, the magistrate can just impose a fine on the offender instead direct imprisonment, as prescribed earlier.

If the offender fails to pay the penalty then he/she will be liable to face imprisonment.

This is the third amendment in the Bihar Prohibition and Excise Act, 2016. The first amendment to the act was brought in 2018 and then subsequently in 2020.

The Bill seeks to amend the Bihar Prohibition and Excise Act, 2016 which enforces the complete prohibition of liquor and intoxicants in Bihar.

(With inputs from Agencies)

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