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Excise department raids liquor outlets in Dimapur; 29 booked

DIMAPUR, FEB 26 (NPN) | Publish Date: 2/26/2020 12:03:42 PM IST

Barely a week after Dimapur Naga Students’ Union (DNSU) served a seven-day ultimatum on Excise department to close down all illegal liquor dens and check illegal flow of liquor in Dimapur, the Excise department on Tuesday carried out raids at several places in and around Dimapur.

The excise department, comprising its three units – narcotics cell, mobile squad and district excise – conducted several raids in suspected liquor outlets, restaurants, lounges, hotels, etc. 

In a statement, Excise commissioner Tarep Imchen informed that during the operation, 29 offenders were booked under Nagaland Liquor Total Prohibition (NLTP) Act, 1989 and penalised accordingly. Altogether 2,017 bottles of assorted IMFL (rum, whisky, beer, gin, Breezer, brandy, wine, etc) were also seized and recovered during the operation. 

Cautioning against sale and conduct of business in such illegal contraband, the department warned that offenders would be subjected to the full force of law. It added that these raids would be conducted from time to time to ensure such activities were prevented at all cost.

It may be recalled that DNSU in its ultimatum, issued on February 21, also demanded strict adherence  to the rules and regulations of NLTP Act, 1989. DNSU further warned that in the event of failure to comply with its ultimatum, it  would be compelled to chart its own course of action for which the department  would be held solely responsible, for any untoward consequences.

It may be recalled that the Central Nagaland Tribes Council on January 19, had also expressed concern over the spurt in outlets under the garb of bottled water shops in Purana Bazaar and other areas of the town selling spurious liquor and had asked the district administration and Naga Council Dimapur, Dimapur District GBs and chairmen forums to check and close down these at the earliest.

 

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