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Illicit liquor FIR backfires on cops

The police top brass has taken a serious note for registering FIR against 21 women who had been protesting illicit liquor trade for the past couple of months, while the RJD has started supporting their cause.

Mannu Devi, who led the group of women during a demonstration at Panapur Bazaar on September 28, said the police lodged the FIR on September 29 “for creating law and order problem”.

They met senior superintendent of police Rajesh Kumar on October 4 saying they had been subjected to harassment by the local Panapur police station as their movement was against open sale of illicit liquor in bottles and pouches.

The police, instead of catching the culprits, preferred to lodge an FIR against the women allegedly at the instance of a liquor mafia, she said.

Liquor mafia Jagannath Sah was arrested recently during a raid by the economic offences unit of the police headquarters at Purani Bazaar in Motipur. SSP Kumar said Motipur police station house officer Ganesh Dutt Pandey had already been suspended for alleged nexus with Sah. Senior police officers also took the incident of lodging FIR quite seriously and action might follow soon, he said.

On Wednesday, hundreds of rural women staged protest outside the district magistrate’s office as their movement took a political turn with the RJD throwing its strength behind it. Party MP Raghuvansh Prasad Singh was present at the dharna on Wednesday with Baroraj MLA Brij Kishore Singh, district RJD chief Mithlesh Prasad Yadav.

They later met the district magistrate to hand over a memorandum with demands, including compensation to the next kin of spurious liquor victims in Meghnampur. Besides, the demands included stringent action against sellers and manufacturers of illicit wine, probe against excise and police officers who are hand in glove with the mafia and complete ban on sale of such wine in the state.Earlier,

Mannu Devi met the local MP, who apparently lost his cool over the police action in shielding the liquor mafia.