Liquors smuggled from Myanmar seized in Manipur

Correspondent IMPHAL, Mar 16 | Publish Date: 3/16/2019 12:09:57 PM IST

In its effort to prevent the flow of illicit liquor and narcotic drugs to Manipur, the state police have seized a huge consignment of foreign liquors at Moreh, a border town at Indo-Myanmar border.

Around 780 bottles of different brands of foreign liquors estimated at around two lakh rupees in the local market were seized during the raid, the police said. The seized items have been handed over to the state excise department after a case was registered, the source added.

A police source on Saturday disclosed that seized illicit foreign liquors were recovered in a follow-up action to the arrest of an alleged liquor smuggler identified as Radhashyam Sherni (42), son of Ramchandra, a resident of Bihar state currently residing in Moreh, on Friday night.

The foreign liquors were recovered from a godown own by him located near international gate number 2 at Moreh where he allegedly stored the smuggled liquors from neighbouring Myanmar.

Police and security agencies in Manipur have been conducting drives to curb illegal sale of spurious and smuggled liquors in the state intensively in the few weeks after the state excise department had sought their cooperation in view of the ensuing general election to the Lok Sabha to be held in the middle week of April.

Despite the enforcement of the Manipur Liquor Prohibition Act 1991 and Manipur Liquor Prohibition Rule 1994, illegal sale of Indian Made Foreign Liquor (IMFL), beer, and distilled illicit country liquor by unauthorised individuals and vendors is rampant in the state, the state excise department stated.

To ensure free, fair and peaceful elections, there is an urgent need to monitor production, storage and distribution of liquor during the election. Keeping this in mind, the state excise department felt the need to conduct frequent raids and seizure of these illicit intoxicating liquors under the relevant provisions/sections of the Prohibition Act.

The excise department also felt the requirement of conducting intensive vigil over the inter-state movement of vehicles at excise check posts and border check posts by the enforcement team of the excise.

Towards this end, state police and security agencies have been conducting intensified drives against illicit alcohol and liquors.

In one such drive, the Thoubal district police on Saturday recovered a huge quantity of local wine along with materials and utensils used to brew wine during raids at various places. 

The seized local wine along with the recovered items was handed over to excise station in Yairipok of Thoubal district, police said.

Mention may be made that few days ago, the police in the same district had busted two fake foreign liquor manufacturing units in which at  least five individuals including a couple who allegedly run the manufacturing units were arrested.

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