Illegal liquor unit: CSOs demand stringent action

DIMAPUR, SEP 3 (NPN) | Publish Date: 9/3/2020 12:16:58 PM IST

A day after security forces along with Dimapur police busted an illegal liquor unit in 7th Mile area and seized several items besides arresting an individual, the civil society organisations (CSOs) including Western Sumi Hoho (WSH), Chümoukedima Circle Chakhroma Public Organisation (CCCPO) and Naga Tribal Union Chümoukedima Town (NTUCT) have demanded stringent punishment on those involved. 

WSH: Western Sumi Hoho (WSH) through its media, vehemently condemned the “spurious liquor racket”, in which one Electo Sumi, reportedly a driver and a member of the Sümi community, was also arrested. 

WSH demanded that the law enforcing agencies take stringent action against all those involved in the adulteration and unearth the nexus. The hoho also lauded the Assam Rifles for the commendable job in busting such illegal activity and saving many lives from such poisonous liquor. WSH said that mixing toxic agents such as hydrochloric acid with liquor and selling them to fellow beings to consume and earn money was “an act of total abomination” tantamount to “cold blooded murder of innocent lives.”

The hoho stated that no sane person in their right mind would ever do such “murderous” business. “One can only wonder how many lives have already been lost by drinking such poisonous liquor manufactured by this heartless group of unscrupulous people,” WSH stated.

Also, WSH demanded to know how such kind of activity went unnoticed by state police and the excise department. It maintained that the two agencies, being unaware of such illegal activity showed their “incompetence”. It also asked the state police force to “roll up its sleeves and pull up its socks.” Such raids should not end there but investigated till all skeletons in the cupboard come out, added WSH. 

Further, WSH also urged upon village/colony authorities to remain alert so such acts did not take place under their nose. It also asserted that the courts should not grant bail easily to those accused since they indulge in the same old anti-social activities after they are released. WSH has also appealed to the lawyers not to take up cases of such people committing heinous crimes.

CCCPO: Chümoukedima Circle Chakhroma Public Organisation (CCCPO) has expressed shock over the operation of the illegal bottling unit of spurious liquor within its jurisdiction. 

In a press release, CCCPO president Neikhriehu Kense and general secretary Khriebulie Peseyie

Said that at a time when the society was trying to control illegal supply and sale of contraband, such activity of manufacturing and supplying spurious liquor from its jurisdiction cannot be condoned or over looked in any manner. 

CCCPO has appreciated the 5th Assam Rifles and Dimapur police for busting the nefarious activities and arresting the culprits involved. 

CCCPO has urged the authorities to thoroughly investigate into the matter till all the people involved were brought to book and appropriate punishments given as per the provision of law.

NTUCT: Naga Tribal Union Chumoukedima Town (NTUCT) has appreciated the efforts of 5th Assam Rifles in busting an illegal spurious liquor bottling plant at 7th Mile Model Village Dimapur.

NTUCT president Lhousito Khro and general secretary Er Longshi Kikon in a press release lauded the Assam Rifles for taking bold and pragmatic initiative to curb anti-social elements that were spoiling innocent people’s lives for their vested interests and minting money through illegal means.

Strongly condemning the nefarious illegal act, the union appealed to the State government and investigating agencies to immediately book the kingpin/culprits involved in the nefarious act and award stringent punishment.

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