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Ahead of alcohol ban, Bihar village announces ‘social boycott’ of habitual drinkers


PATNA: Ahead of the scheduled alcohol ban from tomorrow, a village in Bihar has announced social boycott of people showing any kind of love for drinking.

The bizarre order has been passed by the residents of Karkain village which falls under Mokama assembly constituency in Patna district.

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A decision to this effect was taken at a meeting of villagers held on Wednesday. The meeting also formed a 28-member committee to implement and monitor the ban.

“We will keep a close watch on the activities of the alcoholics and hurriedly inform the police once coming to know anything about them. It will serve as a lesson to the drinkers,” committee president Balmiki Chaudhary said adding those indulging in drinking would be socially boycotted.

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“There will be no mercy for such people. They will be kept out of all social functions,” declared Suryamani Prasad, committee vice-president.

He said the committee would launch a massive campaign against drinking in the areas adding many other neighbouring villages too had lent their full support in this mission.

Bihar is set to implement liquor banner from tomorrow for which massive administrative arrangements have been made, apart from announcing severe punishment to the habitual drinkers.

According to an official report, Bihar has a total number of 415,352 habitual drinkers, including 11,911 women.

Keeping in view their addiction, the state government has opened 10-bed de-addiction centres in every 38 districts of the state to help the addicts quit drinking. A specially trained 144 doctors and 45 counselors have been deployed at these de-addiction centres.

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