Though Bihar has banned alcohol almost a year ago but it seems it has no impact on rats as according to state police more than 9 lakh litres of alcohol have been finished off by rats. Police seized the huge amount of liquor from people violating the prohibition laws in Bihar.

The problem was brought to light after media reported about the missing alcohol from police station ‘malkhanas’ (stores). At a recent meeting of the state police, it was said that some of the seized bottles had been destroyed, and what was left was finished off in the stores by liquor-loving rats. Media reports said that in the last 13 months, a whopping 9.15 lakh litres of alcohol, domestic as well Indian Made Foreign Liquor (IMFL), have been seized in Bihar following the ban.

"We have asked the Patna zonal IG to inquire into the matter. Based on his findings, the state police headquarters will initiate further action," Additional Director General of Police (Headquarters) S K Singhal told PTI today.

The authorities have also put the police under the scanner and policemen in police stations would now be subjected to random breath analyser test to check whether they too had a swig or two of the confiscated booty, Patna Senior Superintendent of Police Manu Maharaj told PTI today.

Maharaj who met new Patna range Deputy Inspector General of Police Rajesh Kumar said the police would approach courts to seek permission for destroying the heap of alcohol bottles kept in police stores at small intervals.

Regular audit of "malkhana" (store room in a police station) is another remedy thought to check any misuse of the stocked liquor, Maharaj said.

It emerged at the recent crime meeting of the state police that while a major portion of the seized liquor got destroyed on the way to police stations, an equally large amount was consumed by rodents in the store of the police stations.

Meanwhile, the police arrested President of Bihar Police Men's Association on the charge of consuming liquor.

Patna Senior Superintendent of Police Manu Maharaj said that a police team arrested Police Association President Nirmal Singh and a member of the Association Shamsher Singh today from police line for consuming liquor.

The two were produced in the court of Judge of Special Excise Court Ravindra Nath Tripathi and had been remanded in judicial custody till May 18.

The two have been taken to Beur jail under new Excise Act 2016 on the basis of the court order.

The Nitish Kumar government clamped total prohibition in Bihar since April last year. To enforce the liquor ban, a special drive has been launched by the police as well Excise department across the state.