Bihar Police suspends SHO accused of being involved with the liquor mafia

His alleged wrongdoing was detected after five individuals were arrested in the Digha police station area for their involvement with the liquor mafia

The Bihar Police has suspended one of its inspectors, Mohommad Qaisar Alam, for allegedly having a nexus with the state’s liquor mafia. Alam was posted as the Station House Officer (SHO) at the Buddha Colony police station in the city of Patna. The action was taken on the basis of a report given by Inspector General Amrit Raj.

Alam’s alleged wrongdoing was detected after five individuals were arrested in the Digha police station area for their involvement with the liquor mafia. Two SUVs and over 326 litres of alcohol were seized from them in the raid conducted on June 12.

During the investigation conducted by the Prohibition Department of the Police, it emerged that one of the accused, who had run away, was in contact with Alam and was getting protection for his illicit liquor business from the inspector. According to Patna SSP Upendra Sharma, “The SHO has been placed under suspension based on a report on his illegal activities.”

The now-suspended Bihar Police inspector has had a fair share of controversies in the past as well. In 2018, Lalu Prasad Yadav’s son Tej Pratap had accused Alam of keeping a liquor bottle in his chamber and asked CM Nitish Kumar for his removal. The sale, purchase, and consumption of alcohol are banned in Bihar since April 2016 when the Bihar Excise and Prohibition Act came into effect.

An inquiry was ordered against him in May 2019 for illegally detaining a person whose vehicle had been seized for not having the required papers. He is also accused of committing the fake encounter of Mohommad Gurfan in 2002.

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