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Summary: Man jailed for violating prohibition laws finds Indian food served in jail too spicy

Lata Rani, Correspondent

Patna: In a first, authorities in Bihar are providing hakka noodles and boiled vegetables to a Chinese convict in jail as he finds the Indian food normally served to prisoners too spicy.

Wu Tiandong, 34, an employee of a Chinese cell phone manufacturing firm, is perhaps the first foreign national arrested by the Bihar police for violating prohibition laws. He was arrested last month from the Gardanibagh locality of Patna after he was found in the possession of alcohol bottles when the police conducted raids at his residence.

Consumption or possession of liquor is a cognisable offence in Bihar, which imposed total prohibition two years back.

"Only Indian foods are allowed to prisoners in the jail, but we are providing hakka noodles and boiled vegetables to the Chinese convict as he doesn't like spicy food," a prison official told the local media on Thursday.

This followed soon after a family member of the convict met the jail authorities with the help of an interpreter. It was during this conversation that family member told them about the dietary issues that the Chinese man was facing.

According to the authorities, the arrested Chinese national has been lodged in the vigilance ward of the jail, home to officials arrested on the charges of corruption. Very recently, his bail was rejected by the lower court which means he will continue to be lodged in jail.

According to a report in the local media, Tiandong is perhaps the first foreign national arrested for violating the excise laws implemented by the Bihar government. His arrest has also became a serious issue between the two countries. Recently, an official from the Consulate General of China in Kolkata met some police officials in Bihar over the issue.

In a significant development, however, the state government in Bihar has announced the amendment of the existing law. Under the new provision, those caught consuming liquor for the first time will have to pay a monetary fine of Rs50,000 or three months in jail, while a second time offence will double the fine amount, or five years in jail.

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Date:Jul 12, 2018
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