Three teachers of two different educational institutions were arrested in Buxar district on charges of consuming alcohol in dry Bihar, after unfurling the tricolour, to celebrate Independence Day on Tuesday.
Believed to shape India’s future, the teachers in Bihar presented a study in contrast after a school headmaster in western Assam’s Dhubri district braved unprecedented flood to hoist the national tricolour there on the 71st Independence Day.
The arrested principal and teachers were sent to jail on Wednesday, Buxar superintendent of police (SP) Rakesh Kumar said.
Kumar said the trio was caught drinking liquor in the principal’s chamber soon after Independence Day celebrations at the NJ High School at Kukudha village in Itadhi police station area of the district.
Station house officer (SHO) of Itadhi police station, Shamim Ahmad, said a police team, acting on a tip-off, reached the school and arrested N J High School principal RB Dubey as well as Vinay Dubey and Vaibhav Mishra, both teachers at Kaithna High School, for taking liquor.
“Medical tests have confirmed presence of alcohol in their blood,” the station house officer (SHO) said.
Buxar, 164 km west of Patna, has been spared of the flood fury, affecting a population of 70 lakh people in 13 of Bihar’s 38 districts.
Bihar became a dry state on April 5, 2016. Consuming, keeping or dealing in liquor is an offence under the state’s new excise prohibition law, which provides for imprisonment up to 10 years.