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Manipur steps up liquor drive

Imphal, April 6: The Manipur excise department intensified its drive against sale and consumption of liquor both Indian-made foreign liquor (IMFL) and country liquor in view of the Lok Sabha elections.

K. Joykumar Singh, assistant commissioner of the department, said various teams from the department carried out raids in all the nine districts of the state, following strict instructions from the Election Commission.

He said the raids started a day after the code of conduct came into force on March 5.

A report sent to the Election Commission today by the assistant commissioner said 5,274 litres of country liquor valued at Rs 5,27,400 and 640 litres of IMFL/beer valued at Rs 3,59,600 were seized during the monthlong drive. It said there were 326 raids during which 220 bootleggers were rounded up and fined. The department collected Rs 3,22,200 in fines from the bootleggers.

Singh said the seized liquor was burnt on the department premises at Lamphelpat in Imphal city.

Officials of the department also destroyed a large quantity of liquor seized from hotels, restaurants and drinking joints in Imphal city yesterday. The officials seized 480 litres of country liquor valued at Rs 48,000 and IMFL and beer valued at Rs 1.42 lakh during yesterday’s raid in Imphal city. The officials collected Rs 13,000 in fines from liquor sellers yesterday.

Singh said the drives would continue even after the Lok Sabha elections.

Manipur has been a dry state since 1990. Despite the ban, IMFL and country liquor are available freely in many parts of the state.


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