Six people were arrested and around 1,000 cartons of India Made Foreign Liquor (IMFL) were on Saturday seized by Excise department officials from a container truck in Fatuha Industrial Area of Patna district.
Acting on a tip-off, the excise department officials raided a godown in Fatuha Industrial Area where it seized a container truck carrying more than 1000 cartons of foreign liquor and arrested six persons, assistant excise commissioner Krishna Kumar told PTI.
Kumar said, “We have so far off-loaded 1,000 cartons worth Rs 1.5 crore from the container. The cartons are still being off-loaded.”
The container truck laden with cartons were being off- loaded in a godown belonging to one Anil Kumar Gupta, a resident of Patna district, in Fatuhar industrial area, he said, adding that the container truck bearing Haryana registration number has also been seized.
The cartons- containing foreign liquor made in Haryana- were supposed to be sold in different parts of the state including in the vicinity of the state capital, excise department officials said adding that this is one of the biggest seizures since the new Bihar Prohibition and Excise Act 2016 was enforced on October 2.
The Bihar government had on Gandhi Jayanti notified the Bihar Prohibition and Excise Act 2016 banning manufacture, trade, storage, transportation,possession, sale and consumption of liquor and foreign liquor through a stringent provisions incorporated under the law.
As per the new liquor law, those found indulging in unlawful import, export, transport, manufacture, possession, sale, intoxicant or liquor could attract a minimum 10 years of jail term which may extend to imprisonment for life besides, a minimum fine of Rs 1 lakh which may extend to Rs 10 lakh.