PATNA: The state government in Bihar has imposed community fine on a total of 16 villages so far for violating liquors laws.
The community fine was imposed as the villagers remained engaged in liquor trade/drinking despite repeated warnings by the excise department.
The villages are spread over 11 districts of Bihar with a maximum of five falling under Jehanabad district.
They include-Diwan Pokhar Hahibpur (under Bhagalpur district), Makhdumpur Pasi Tola, Chhotaki Chainpur, Bagna, Pahadi Bigha, Ratni Mushari (Jehanabad), Malaharia Dum Chowk (Katihar), Shyampur (Munger), Kailashpuri (Nalanda), Govindpur Mushari, Manjhi Tola (Patna), Santhali Tola Kumra Ghat (Saharsa), Pakaha Nat Oli (Saran), Murarpur (Sheikhpura), Dumarhar (Siwan) and Baswaria Tola (West Champaran).
Bihar came out with a harsh legislation in April this year, imposing total ban on sale, consumption and manufacturing of liquor.
The stringent excise laws authorize the officials to impose community fine, confiscate the property of accused persons or arrest the entire adult members of the family in case of liquor bottles/empty bottles/utensils for manufacturing liquors found from the home.
The law provides for community fine for residents of the entire village if they fail to stop a person consuming liquor.