Thousands of tipplers belonging from the dry state of Bihar have been crossing into Nepal to satiate their daily urge of liquor. This trend has been noticed since ban of alcohol in the state on April 1. However, many of these people are now ending up spending nights in Nepal Police lockups and paying fines.
Since last month, around 70 people, all hailing from Bihar, have been detained by Nepal Police in Rautahat district and each of them have been fined Rs 1,000 for consuming alcohol in the shacks that have sprang up in Nepal territory along the border of Bihar.
The illegal huts have been set up to cater the needs of Bacchus-worshipers in India, as reported by Hindustan Times.
Last Saturday also, nine Indians were caught by the Nepal police who kept them in custody for a night and released them only after getting written undertakings that they will not show up again in the region to consume alcohol, reported the SP of Rautahat, Ganesh Regmi.
Police are reportedly raiding the nearby huts after 6 in the evening to look for people of India who are boozing.
The police from India are also coordinating with the Nepal Police to check the activities of the Indians, as they fear that such incidents might result into crimes on the open Indo-Nepal border. The border between India and Nepal is free and people from both the countries are allowed to visit the other nation after routine security checks.
Many of the Bacchus-worshippers are now entering Nepal, drinking alcohol. To avoid the punishment, they are spending nights in Nepal and going back home the next morning.
In April, the consumption and selling of alcohol was entirely banned in Bihar. Chief Minister Nitish Kumar and his entire cabinet had pledged to refrain from consuming alcohol. Though this ban has been widely criticised by many, but as a result of this ban, crime rate in Bihar has significantly dropped.
The Logical Indian believes that if people are kept away from alcohol in Bihar, then the state will be able to reform and its crime rates will reduce. But stringent rules have to be implemented to prohibit the people from entering Nepal and consume liquor. For that the state government has to be more alert.