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Nepalese smuggled liquor seized from vehicle carrying ADM’s signage in Bihar

Debashish Karmakar

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Police on Saturday morning seized more than 2,100 bottles of Nepalese manufactured liquor from a SUV carrying signage of an ADM rank officer of state disaster management department from near Indo-Nepal border under Ratapura police station area in Supaul district.

Birpur SDPO Kaushal Kumarsaid that the vehicle was earlier actually used by an ADM rank officer of the department in Supaul as his official vehicle but he had retired in July last year.

“However, the SUV was of a private person and was being used on rent by the state government,” he said adding that even the signage fixed on the SUV for the officer was taken back by concerned authorities after he had retired. He said that these information surfaced before police during investigation after seizure of the vehicle.

Kumar said that it seems the vehicle owner Manoj Kumar had got a duplicate signage built for the purpose of smuggling liquor and to avoid police checking.

“The SUV was parked near a dam on Koshi river and was being loaded with the smuggled liquor when a police team reached at the spot. Two persons, on seeing police, jumped into the river and escaped,” SDPO Kumar said adding the other side of the river is Nepal. He said the bottles were inside 27 sacks.

He said that police after reaching near the vehicle were startled to find signage of “ADM, disaster management department” after which the matter was taken very seriously.

 Kumar said that an FIR was lodged against the vehicle owner Manoj and two more persons including its driver in connection with the smuggling case with the Ratanpur police station and raids were on to nab them.
“Police had conducted a raid on the owner’s residence but he was evading arrest,” he said.
Kumar said that only after arrest of the owner or driver, it would be known if the vehicle was used for liquor smuggling even before the retirement of the officer or not.

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