Since alcohol was banned in Bihar 13 months ago, it seems that the appetite for booze has passed on to the rodents of the state!
Patna’s senior superintendent of police, Manu Maharaj, called a meeting of police officers on Tuesday to review the state of law and order in the city, considering the ongoing civic elections. In the meeting, policemen have claimed that more than 9 lakh liters of seized alcohol has been tanked up by rats.
On being asked about the state of seized alcohol, Manu Maharaj was told that many bottles got destroyed during transportation and the remaining ones have been guzzled by rats thriving in police stations. This included foreign as well as country-made liquor.
When Maharaj asked how this was possible, he was told by the officers that rats used their razor sharp incisors to make holes in the bottle caps and gulped it right in front of their eyes. In response, the senior superintendent of police has ordered the immediate removal of rodents from the police stations and department’s storehouses.
Sensing some dubiousness on the part of cops, Maharaj has also declared mandatory “Breathalyzer Test” for all officers at the police stations to keep a check on alcohol consumption.
While speaking to Press Trust of India, additional director general of police, S. K. Singhal said,
We have asked the Patna zonal IG to inquire into the matter. Based on his findings, the state police headquarters will initiate further action
The police has also arrested Nirmal Singh, president of the Bihar police men’s association, and Shamsher Singh, a member of the association, for consuming alcohol. The two were reportedly heavily drunk when arrested and will be kept in judicial custody until May 18.