DNSU calls for review of NLTP Act

DIMAPUR | Publish Date: 10/9/2020 2:17:48 PM IST

 Dimapur Naga Students’ Union (DNSU) has urged the State government and all stakeholders to thoroughly review the Nagaland Liquor Total Prohibition (NLTP) Act, 1989.

In a statement, the student body felt that it was high time the State government either brought some strict regulations to legalise sale of liquor or amend and revitalise the NLTP Act.

The appeal comes in the backdrop of busting of an illegal liquor bottling plant at 7th Mile on September 2 and seizure of huge quantities of liquor from 5th Mile on September 29,

Appreciating 5 Assam Rifles for its swift action in busting the illegal liquor bottling plant at 7th Mile and seizing huge quantities of liquor from 5th Mile, DNSU said the prompt action helped in cracking down on illegal activities, which are a serious threat to the society if allowed to continue. The union noted that the main accused in the illegal liquor bottling plant case was still absconding, which posed a huge threat to public if not nabbed at the earliest. It also demanded that the arrested persons should be booked and penalised under relevant sections of the law in the most befitting manner.

According to DNSU, the two incidents had exposed the incompetency and laxity of the excise department, the nodal agency for enforcing the NLTP Act, besides the negligence in performing its duty by allowing such activities to continue unnoticed. It regretted that the Act was not being implemented properly.

Alleging that many illegal liquor outlets are operating in every nook and corner day and night in Nagaland’s commercial hub, the union claimed that it had on a couple of occasions acted as a law enforcing agency and busted some of these and on several occasions had urged the law enforcing authorities to do the same.

The student body said the illicit liquor vendors did not fear the “toothless law” and hence cautioned that flow of illegal liquor would continue in Nagaland despite the prohibition.

DNSU expressed concern how, without any regulations, the illegal flow and sale of liquor was affecting people, including the younger generation and the student community. “Despite the prohibition, the impact of liquor on our people is such that it has left many families broken, lives shortened, domestic violence increased, calibre of youth damaged and left many mothers in tears and dejection,” the statement observed.

Warning all the illegal liquor sellers in the city that it would not remain silent or compromise with their illegal activities, the union urged the authorities concerned to work with more diligence and seriousness.

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