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Crime rate in Bihar has come down after liquor ban, says Nitish Kumar

Tejashwi Yadav had recently accused govt of "protecting" criminals


Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar, on Monday, claimed that crime rate in the state has come down after liquor ban and said whenever there is a crime, prompt action is taken by the authorities to ensure justice.

On Sunday, RJD leader Tejashwi Yadav had launched a scathing attack on the Nitish Kumar government, accusing it of "protecting" the alleged perpetrators of a couple of high-profile murders that took place in the state in the last few days. He sought to place the government in the dock over the killing of an RTI activist and freelance journalist in Madhubani and the husband of a district councillor in Purnea.

The chief minister said crimes have not increased in the state. "The crime figures have not increased. If something happens, action is taken. Administration and police are active and action is being taken wherever something is happening."

"An incident of Naxals have been reported from one location. It is being probed. It is a different matter but the incidents of general crime have come down. I would also like to add that the crime rate has come down after liquor ban," the CM said, reported news agency ANI.

The RJD leader had also blamed the government for the hooch tragedies that claimed more than 40 lives in West Champaran, Gopalganj, Samastipur and Muzaffarpur districts in Bihar, alleging that illicit liquor business in the dry state was "thriving, with full support of political leaders in the ruling coalition and the administration".

"An impartial probe into all such crimes may land all legislators of the ruling NDA behind bars. They will end up being brought in prison vans to attend sessions of the house," Yadav had said.

With PTI inputs

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