Dodging multiple security cordons on the way to Bihar Legislative building, RJD MLA from Jagdishpur Dinesh Kumar Singh on Monday slipped into the Assembly with four liquor bottles.
Demanding ban on liquor sale in the state, he demonstrated with the bottles at the portico of the House. Despite two rounds of checks, securitymen failed to spot them lying under the seats of his sports utility vehicle.
Dinesh is (in)famous for staging strange protests at the Assembly. He had demonstrated with raunchy Holi music CDs on the floor of the House last year.
On Thursday, he achieved a new “feat” by slipping in the liquor bottles to the Assembly where even matchboxes are prohibited among several other things. By doing so, he also exposed the loopholes in multiple security checks of lawmakers’ vehicles on the way to the House. (See graphic)
Holding two liquor bottles in his each hand, Dinesh surfaced on the staircase of the Assembly portico around 10.35am. A small banner demanding total ban on liquor sale in the state was dangling on his chest.
Shouting slogans against the NDA government, Dinesh said: “It is my right to protest. I have brought these liquor bottles to show everyone how youths are dying consuming liquor. I demand a complete ban on the sale of liquor. If it is not possible, open a liquor shop on the Assembly premises. If the government is so concerned about revenue, it should open an alcohol shop here.”
Policemen and the chief marshal of the Assembly, B.P. Singh, looked helpless. Singh requested the MLA not to do such things at the Assembly portico. But the MLA was in no mood to listen to anyone.
Dinesh sat down on the portico holding the liquor bottles. “Forty per cent of the people in Bihar die of diseases caused by liquor. It is very dangerous for the society and the next generation. It affects health as well as money,” he said.
Several lawmakers, including ministers, passed comments at him and suggested to stop the “drama”. But the RJD legislator continued with his protest for 15 minutes. Assistant marshals could confiscate the liquor bottles from him only at 10.50am.
Later in the day, Dinesh shared with The Telegraph his “fox-the-police strategy”. He said: “I had kept the bottles at the rear of my car and easily entered with them. No securityman could spot them.”
Requesting people not to misunderstand him, he said: “I had no wrong intention. The liquor bottles were just a medium of protest, nothing more than that.”
The MLA, however, refused to accept that he had violated any Assembly norms. “I have not violated any rule. I do not think there is any such rule, which prohibits a legislator from carrying liquor bottles inside the Assembly. If there is any, show me the rules,” he said.
On if police lodged a case against him for carrying the liquor bottles to the Assembly, Dinesh said: “I am not scared of any police case. Let the police take action against me, I am ready to face it. I am doing this for my people and I will not go on the back foot at any cost.”
Patna senior superintendent of police Amrit Raj said: “There is tight security check inside and outside the legislative building. Even we are wondering how the MLA managed to take the liquor bottles inside the Assembly premises.”
He added: “We are looking into the matter, which is a serious security lapse. He must have kept the bottles under the seats of his vehicle. Whatever it is, action will be taken against all those responsible for the security lapse.”