Deputy Commissioner, Maongwati Aier said increase in number of theft, robbery, murder and especially rape cases in Dimapur were influenced by alcohol. Referring to the recent rape incident that took place at Darogapathar, DC said ‘many bottles of rum’ were found at the site where the crime was committed.
Maongwati was speaking at a programme in state stadium complex, Friday where excise personnel, Dimapur administration and representative from Naga Council gathered to destroy the seized IMFL.
The DC said 74 percent of the people in the state were enslaved by alcohol while more Naga youths were killed by liquor as compared to AIDS.
He pointed out that Nagaland would become liquor free generation only when excise personnel acted boldly to check the flow of alcoholisms in the state. He reminded the excise personnel that Nagaland was declared dry state and prohibition act being imposed in the state where excise personnel have the authority to arrest even the judge of a court if found taking alcohol in public.
“Many lives were saved by your effort”, Maongwati said, while lauding the excise department for their commendable job in spite of less man power and limited facilities. He also urged the excise personnel to act boldly in carrying out their activities.
Altogether 11,579 bottles of IMFL were destroyed by excise department in presence of district administration and representative from Naga Council. The programme was chaired by deputy commissioner excise Bendangtoshi.
According to chairman departmental board and deputy commissioner of excise, Bendangtoshi, the seizure was the biggest ever made by district excise enforcement staff during the three months period from November 2008 till March 2009. The last destruction was carried out on November 25, 2008 at the same site.