Drastic decline in crime after prohibition order: Nitish

Patna: Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar today claimed there has been a drastic decline in percentage of crimes in the last two months after complete prohibition was imposed in the state.

“Heinous crimes have come down by 15 per cent in last two months,” he told a function in the temple town of Gaya.

Likewise, cases of murder have come down by 32 per cent in past two months in the wake of total prohibition since April 5, dacoity by 45 per cent, kidnapping for ransom by 76 per cent and road accidents by 32 per cent during the period, he said quoting police figures.

Kumar said a research on prisoners has brought to light the fact that 41 per cent of crimes were committed by them under the influence of liquor.

He said there has been a social revolution by declaring Bihar a dry state.

People were apprehensive on the success of prohibition in Bihar, but today 70 days have passed and the new rule has been successfully implemented in the state, he said.

Kumar, who was addressing a function of women self help groups, exhorted the women in particular to keep strict vigil on prohibition in future too.

He said the prohibition order was a tribute to the Father of the Nation when the state was celebrating 100 years of Mahatma Gandhi launching Champaran satyagraha in Bihar.

Latter, Kumar presided over a meeting of peoples’ representatives and took their suggestions for developmental works in the region.