Bihar Crime Intelligence Department has contacted canine training centres of the Army and paramilitary forces but has not been able to get dogs specialised in smelling alcohol
The Hush Post: In order to sharpen its anti-liquor campaign, the Nitish Kumar government in Bihar now wants to use sniffer dogs to sniff out liquor that has been banned in the state for the last two years.
Now, the Bihar government has sought 20 specially trained dogs from Telangana for sniffing out alcohol to sharpen its anti-liquor campaign. The dogs will undergo training to smell alcohol at Telangana’s Intelligence Integrated Training Academy (IITA), Vinay Kumar, Bihar CID’s additional director general of police (ADG) reportedly said.
After an extensive search for trained canines, the Bihar cops finally zoomed in on Telangana which trains canines for sniffing explosives as well as liquor, ADG Vinay Kumar. He said that they had established contact with canine training centres of the Army as well as paramilitary forces but could not find dogs specialised in smelling liquor, a report said.
“The 20 puppies would be trained for 8-9 months at Telangana for smelling liquor and once it is over, they would be drafted to sharpen campaign against illegal stocking of alcohol in Bihar,” Vinay Kumar was quoted as saying.
He reportedly said that the trained dogs would be deployed in all four police zones of Bihar namely Patna, Muzaffarpur, Darbhanga and Bhagalpur. “If the pilot project is successful, we would requisition more canines from Telangana,” ADG Vinay Kumar was further quoted.
Bihar CM Nitish Kumar had enforced complete prohibition in Bihar in April 2016 by introducing new anti-liquor law with stringent provisions. The state government has launched a comprehensive drive since then to catch hold of those illegally engaging in sale and consumption of alcohol, domestic as well Indian Made Foreign Liquor (IMFL), the report said.
As per data of the state government, over 1.15 lakh people have been arrested in the state for violating the liquor ban, it was reported.