Jamshedpur, March 22: In an attempt to curb smuggling of liquor from steel city to Bihar, police have decided to conduct random checking of Bihar-bound buses from the Sitaramdera Bus Terminus.
The decision was taken after the police and East Singhbhum unit of the excise department seized consignments of liquor from Bihar-bound buses during the past one week.
Deputy superintendent of police (headquarters-I), KN Mishra said that the surprise inspection of bus heading toward Bihar will be done anywhere between the Sitaramdera bus terminus and Pardih.
” We have decided to increase the vigil on Bihar bound buses. We recently conducted raids on two Bihar-bound bus on the basis of specific information that some people were carrying Indian Made Foreign Liquor (IMFL) to Bihar. We recovered five cartons of IMFL from the two buses. So we have decided to carry out surprise inspection of the Bihar-bound buses,” said Mishra.
The DSP pointed out that those involved in the smuggling of liquor do manage to influence the operators of bus service.
“We have decided to carry out random search of those buses which leave the stand in the evening hours. In the effort we will also need the help of the Jharkhand Excise department,” said the senior police officer. He said if the consignment of liquor is found in any bus, they would not only seize the consignment, but will also taken strict action against the bus operators.
Every day about 150 buses leave the Sitaramdera bus stand for Bihar where the sale of liquor and its consumption is prohibited. As a result of the situation, bootleggers have evolved a business in which they procure liquor from steel city in considerable amount and sell them at a premium at Bihar.
According to sources in this illegal trade, every day 50 cartons of liquor of various brands and sizes are smuggled to various destination of Bihar where it is sold.
Bihar government have sought help to put a check on alleged smuggling of liquor to their state by road, rail and river routes.
“Officials from Bihar want help in checking cross-border smuggling of liquor through road, rail and river routes. We have agreed to heighten vigil and exchanged phone numbers. We have assured the Bihar officials of full cooperation in carrying out joint operations and raids randomly every month,” noted an official.