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Excise Enforcement team directed to conduct frequent raids on illegal liquors ahead of polls in Manipur

A memorandum stated that to ensure smooth conduct of free, fair and peaceful election, there is an urgent need to monitor production, storage and distribution of liquor during election by the concerned officers and officials of the Excise department.

ByIFP Bureau

Updated on 24 Dec 2021, 1:30 pm

(File Photo: IFP)

(File Photo: IFP)

The Commissioner of Excise on Thursday had directed the additional commissioner, superintendent, and enforcement team of the Excise department to conduct frequent and regular raids and seize illegal and illicit intoxicating liquors.
 
The direction was given in view of the ensuing general election to the Manipur Legislative Assembly, 2022, said an office memorandum signed by the commissioner of Excise B John Tlangtinkhuma.
 
It stated that to ensure smooth conduct of free, fair and peaceful election, there is an urgent need to monitor production, storage and distribution of liquor during election and conduct raids and seizure of these illicit liquors by the concerned officers and officials of the Excise department.
 
Reports have been received from reliable sources that there have been illegal sale of liquors in some parts of the state by some vested individuals and unauthorised vendors, it mentioned.
 
Moreover, alleged consumption of these intoxicant liquors or other substances of like nature is against the Manipur Liquor Prohibition Act, 1991, it stated, adding that consumption of such intoxicant items creates unwanted crimes, atrocities, harassment and others to the general public, particularly to women, children and weaker sections of the society.
 
In regards to it, there is an urgent requirement for conduct of intensive vigil over the inter-state movement of vehicles at Excise check posts and border check posts by the enforcement team of Excise and to take immediate action against the alleged sales or production of these illicit liquors, it added.
 
The memorandum also mentioned that the help, cooperation and assistance of the DCs and SPs are inevitably required for smooth conduct of frequent raids and seizures of these illicit liquors in view of the acute shortage of manpower in the Excise department coupled with lack of required infra-structures, vehicles and other logistic support.
 
The seized liquors should be handed over to the additional commissioner, superintendent or the concerned OCs of Excise stations after observing all due formalities, the memorandum added.
 

First published:23 Dec 2021, 1:20 pm

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