Is your train heading to or going to Bihar? Indian Railways is looking to discontinue the chain pulling system! In a bid to prevent smuggling of liquor during the Lok Sabha elections 2019, the Railway Ministry is likely to discontinue the chain pulling system on trains headed to some areas of Bihar, according to an HT report.
Bihar has been a dry state since 2016. The national polls in the state would be held in seven phases from April 11. Distributing or serving liquor on election day and during the 48 hours preceding it is an electoral offense. Moreover, any kind of violation of the liquor ban in the state can lead up to five years in prison, according to an HT report. In many parts of India, liquor is used as an inducement to voters at election time.
According to Railway Protection Force (RPF) Director General Arun Kumar, who was quoted in the report, a trend has been noticed by the RPF in Bihar wherein smugglers would pull the chains and then get down from trains carrying liquor at the places of their choice. Read More
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