PATNA: A local court in Bihar has sentenced a man to 15-year jail term after he was found guilty of being involved in illegal liquor trade.
Bihar has imposed total ban on sale, manufacture and consumption of alcohol by legislating a harsh law which many say is “draconian”.
A special court of justice Prabhat Kumar Sinha in Madhubani district on Tuesday sentenced to Mukhtar Ansari to 15-year jail term and also slapped a fine of Rs 150,000 for indulging in alcohol trade in dry Bihar.
The court also ruled that the convict would have to undergo jail term for another eight months if he fails to pay up the fine.
Ansari, a resident of Bhelha-Birpur village from Madhubani district, was caught by the police with 71 litres of alcohol in January this year.
Subsequently, he was sent to jail while his case was put on speedy trial. The trial in the case was concluded within seven months and finally on Tuesday, the court announced judgement in the case.
Earlier in July this year, a local court in Jehanabad district had awarded five-year jail term to two brothers with a fine of Rs 100,000 each for drinking liquor.
The youths Mastan Manjhi and Painter Manjhi, the daily wage earners coming from the Dalit community, were arrested in May this year by a team of excise department officials.
A medical examination conducted later had confirmed presence of alcohol in their blood samples which led to their sentencing.