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Nitish Kumar approves amendments to prohibition law to curb its misuse

IANS/Patna 11 Jul 18 | 11:01 PM

File photo of Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar | Photo: PTI

The Bihar Cabinet on Wednesday approved proposed amendments to the prohibition law to curb its misuse, an official said.

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"The state cabinet, chaired by Chief Minister Nitish Kumar, has approved amendment to the prohibition law to curb its misuse," said an official in the Chief Minister's Office. The proposed amendment seeks to remove stringent provisions sending the entire family to jail if liquor was found in their house.

Nitish Kumar has repeatedly said that a bill amending the prohibition law to be curb its misuse will be brought during the state assembly's monsoon session in July but asserted that prohibition will continue.

After being repeatedly attacked by the opposition over the failure of prohibition, he had admitted some provisions were being misused and announced that the law would be amended.

Opposition leaders have alleged that Dalits and OBCs were being arrested and harassed by police in the name of prohibition.

More than 150,000 persons have been arrested for violating liquor prohibition in Bihar till date since it was imposed on April 5, 2016.

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