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This poll season, liquor smugglers pick rail routes in Bihar, Gujarat

IANS  |  New Delhi 

In 'dry' and Gujarat, liquor has found a new route as road routes are being guarded by paramilitary and the local police to enforce the model code of conduct to check of liquor and cash.

A senior said that after the model code of conduct came into force across the country on March 10, trains going to the dry states like and in the last two months have reported a spurt in the number of the incidents of 'chain-pulling' (to stop a running train).

"As and are dry states, transporting liquor in these two states has become very tough as the road routes are being guarded by paramilitary forces as well as the state police, which conduct extensive checking of vehicles for liquor and cash flow," said the

"Thus it forced the bootleggers to shift to the train route to transport their shipments, which in return has resulted in a spurt in the incidents of pulling (ACP) in trains in these two states. Forcing trains to stop badly affects the schedule," he said.

The manufacture, storage, sale and consumption of alcoholic beverages of liquor was completely banned in Bihar after the returned to power in 2015 in the state, while in the sale, consumption and storage of liquor is banned since 1960.

Worried over the incidents of the pulling (ACP), of East Central Railways and of (RPF) held a meeting with the of Police (DGP) Gupteshwar Pandey at its zonal headquarters in Hajipur.

told IANS: "The DGP and the GM of have discussed the spurt in incidents of ACP during odd-hours and at odd locations far away from the stations."

He said three railway routes in the state -- Ara-Patna, and -- have reported high incidents of 'chain pulling'.

He said following reports of the ACP at off-hours in the long-distance trains, the railways formed a flying squad and also increased patrolling along the three routes.

"The task of the flying squad and the patrol team was to arrest those who pulled the ACP to stop the train at an unscheduled location," he said.

Kumar said that in April, 362 cases of ACP were received and 393 people were arrested. The railways also collected a fine of Rs 2.91 lakh in April in Bihar.

He said that the from May 1 to May 12 in Bihar, 125 cases of ACP were recieved and 190 people arrested. He said so far none of railway employee has been detained for illegal of liquor.

However, railway sources indicated that the local railway employees were also playing a major role in liquor smuggling.

A senior said that from January 1, 2019 to April 30, 2019 a total of 909 ACP incidents were reported and 1,460 people were arrested.

Western Railway said, "Following a spurt in the incidents of the ACP in the western railway zone, we sent teams in plain clothes to arrest those who stopped the train by using the ACP".

He said in the Western Railway zone, the Vapi-route was most affected, reporting high incidents of chain pulling.

A said that the Vapi-route was most affected due to its proximity with Daman and Diu, known for illegal liquor trade.

However, Bhaker did not share the number of the incidents of chain pulling and the people arrested in the case.

During this election season, the has seized liquor worth Rs 285 crore till the end of the sixth phase of polling on May 12.

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First Published: Fri, May 17 2019. 19:06 IST