News : Police Helpline Numbers Made Operational
Patna, India, April 5, 2016 -- Just after chief minister Nitish Kumar announced total prohibition in Bihar, chief secretary Anjani Kumar Singh and DGP P K Thakur directed all the district magistrates (DMs) and superintendents of police (SP) through videoconference to implement the ban on all types of liquor at ground level with immediate effect.
Apart from the DGP control room helpline number (0612-2215058/2215286), 'Dial 100' and hunting lines (15545/18003456268) in the districts have been made operational to register complaints regarding sale, manufacturing or consumption of liquor.
Since Bihar police have the latest and important assignment of ensuring total ban on liquor in the state, it was decided at the meeting to put up hoardings and banners along the porous borders with Nepal and other states.
"Police will focus on three issues - creating awareness among people, gathering intelligence inputs about flouting of ban, if any, and implementation of total prohibition. Hundreds of vehicles carrying goods enter Bihar from other states and Nepal. They are not dry states. So, spreading awareness at every level is very crucial," said an officer who attended the meeting.
"All the check-posts on the state borders will have scanning machines and digital locks. The vehicles will also be provided stickers at the check-posts. It has been decided to deploy security forces at all the check-posts on state borders," another official said.
"The government has assigned us a tough task. We are the implementation agency and I hope you guys will perform well. A plan is being prepared for round-the-clock police presence on the streets. Now, it has become easier for us to implement total prohibition as, earlier, we had to explain at different levels what was banned and what was not. Now, it will also be easier to nab the culprits," the DGP told the IPS officers at the videoconferencing.
Another officer said they were asked to create a database of liquor vendors and what is their alternative plan to earn their bread so that the government could help them and keep them away from indulging in illegal business.
Posted by Veronica Silva Cusi, news correspondent
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