Patna: Two Chinese nationals were arrested here for violating the liquor prohibition imposed by the Bihar government over two years ago, police said on Monday.
The two were arrested in a drunken state from a guesthouse here on Sunday night.
“The police launched a probe into how they got the liquor,” Patna Senior Superintendent of Police Manu Maharaj said.
The two nationals were associated with the Chinese mobile phone company Oppo.
The guesthouse, where they were staying was booked in the name of Oppo Mobiles (DS) Private Limited.
Clarifying its stand over the episode, Oppo, in an official statement, distanced itself from the misdeed of its workers and promised to provide all needed support to the Indian authorities for a fair probe.
“We at OPPO India are aware of the recent report and have taken immediate cognizance of this incident. OPPO’s India business has deep regard and respect for the laws of the land and fully comply with them. The actions by the employees in question were undertaken in their personal capacities and in no way represent the company’s views or intentions. We are cooperating with the local authorities to ensure that the investigation can be done smoothly and will provide all possible information required. We will take necessary action and ensure that this kind of incident does not happen in the future,” stated Oppo in its official statement.
More than 1.5 lakh persons have been arrested for violating the liquor prohibition in Bihar till date since it was imposed on April 5, 2016.