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Hawk eye on liquor sales

The state excise officials recovered over 1,200 litres of spurious liquor during raids on the fringes of the city in the past 24 hours. The swoop on the hooch dens was carried out in the wake of the upcoming Lok Sabha polls. This apart, the department also started monitoring licensed wine shops and stockists on a daily basis.

The crackdown will continue till the model code of conduct remains enforced to ensure that no political party exceeds the expenditure limit set by Election Commission and to prevent distribution of liquor among voters by any candidate or party ahead of the ensuing polls.

Assistant excise commissioner Rakesh Kumar said the raids were carried out on illegal liquor brewing units at Hurlung in Birsanagar, Kumrum Bustee in Mango and Gerua at Dalma foothills.

“The hooch was destroyed in the nearby fields and the manufacturing equipment seized,” Kumar added.

He further said that apart from checking the sale of country-made liquor, they would also collect the stock status of Indian-made foreign liquor (IMFL) on daily basis.

“The purpose behind such an exercise is clear. Alcohol must not emerge as an influencing factor to garner votes,” Kumar said.

The steel city has over 180 liquor shops, including the ones authorised to sell country-made liquor.

Bharadwaj Sharma, manager of a Bistupur-based liquor shop, confirmed to The Telegraph of having received a notice from the excise department to submit stock status of liquor daily, starting from Friday.