A fine of Rs 5,000 has been imposed on every household of Kailashpuri village as collective penalty for violating the prohibition law in Bihar. The fine has been imposed by the district administration of Nalanda, yesterday.
“The collective fine has been imposed on all the 50 households of the village in Islampur block following recovery of liquor bottles,” District Magistrate Tyagrajan S M told the press.
“As per the law, there is a provision to impose a fine of upto Rs one lakh if the law is violated. Besides, the district administration has also initiated the process to confiscate assets of three hotels from where liquor bottles were found,” added Tyagrajan.
“189 persons have been arrested between April 1 and August 7 in Nalanda district while 1,083 litres of country made liquor, 1,527 litres of IMFL, six litres of beer and 109 litres of toddy were seized during this period,” Tyagrajan further added.
The administration of Nalanda, the home district of Chief Minister Nitish Kumar, has repeatedly appealed to the villagers to keep off liquor which is banned since April 5 in the state, but liquor business has continued in the area.
As per the various amendments introduced in the Bihar Excise and Prohibition Law that got the Bihar Legislature’s nod during the monsoon session recently, a collective fine can be imposed on the entire village or town if a group of people repeatedly violate the prohibition law.