Punjab & Region

Jalandhar: DC orders stern action against illicit liquor smuggling & bootlegging in district

The Fact News Service
Jalandhar, January 7

Keeping in view the forthcoming assembly elections in the district, Deputy Commissioner Ghanshyam Thori today ordered the officials of the Police and Excise department to further intensify their drive against illicit liquor smuggling and bootlegging to strict compliance with the directions of Election Commission of India in letter and spirit.

Participating in a state-level virtual review meeting, the DC said that all distilleries, warehouses, godowns, cold storages, etc. in the district to be put under 24X 7 CCTV monitoring to ensure that no liquor was released without a proper license.

He emphasis on the need for round-the-clock monitoring of liquor vends, dhabas and other points which could be used as potential storage points in terms of unauthorized liquor storage.

He also said that special checking should be further organized in the coming days to check liquor smuggling and bootlegging in the district.

He said that it was due to increased vigil as a total of 3.62 lakh liters Lahan was confiscated in December last while 7.12 lakh liters recovered & destroyed in last seven months.

Likewise, one bottling plant was also unearthed last year wherein FIR was registered against as many as 16 accused. Giving more details, the DC said that in a joint operation was also launched by officials of Jalandhar and Ludhiana district at a remote island in rival Satluj where a massive recovery of 2.10 lakh liters of Lahan was made in a single day.

Reiterating firm commitment for free, fair, and transparent polls in Jalandhar, he said that such kinds of illegal practices would be dealt with heavy hands and strict action to be taken against the culprits.

The Deputy Commissioner said that more coordinated and concerted efforts are to be made by the joint teams of the Civil and Police administration along with the Excise department at the Tehsil and Sub Divisional level for this purpose.

Thori further added that special Nakas were also being set up to check supply of Alcohol/Spirit/ Chemical, which could be used as raw material, for making liquor.

He also stated that special monitoring of the activities of history-sheeters was also being made as no one would be allowed take law in their hands.

Prominent amongst others present on the occasion included DETC Jaskaran Singh Brar, AC Excise Hanumant Singh, Raniit Singh, and Excise Officer Harjot Bedi.