Guwahati: The strict enforcement of the excise laws by the department of excise in Assam, led to a seizure of at least 16, 38,336 litres of illegal liquor amidst the general elections this year, which is 15 times higher compared to previous general assembly elections. The total quantity of illegal liquor seized during the 2016 assembly elections was around 1,06,028 litres.
If compared with the previous general assembly elections in the year 2016, the margin of differences of the seizure items is approximately 15,32,308 litres.
The approximate value of the seized illegal liquor in the midst of 2021 state polls was around Rs 39,00,86,898 whereas, as per the Excise department, in 2016 state polls, the approximate value of the seized illegal liquor was Rs 93,34,598.
A report from the Excise department stated that the department had seized at least 14,43,732 litres of ID liquor, 1,83,423 litres of IMFL+Beer, 1900 litres of country liquor, 5634 (in kgs) of Molasses, 3598 litres of distillation apparatus, 25 vehicle and Ganja 23 kg during the election process.
With the apprehension of clandestine in-flow of liquor into Assam from neighbouring states like Arunachal Pradesh and Meghalaya, the Excise department of Assam launched strict vigil to control and check the inflow of illegal liquor and country liquor through interstate and international border ahead of the ensuing assembly elections.
Speaking to TIME8 in this regard, Public Relation Officer to the Excise Minister Parimal Suklabaidya, Sailendra Pandey said, “New Digital IT monitoring system was introduced to monitor the culprits behind all kinds of illegal distribution, production and sale of liquor in the state amid the assembly election process. A 24×7 monitoring control room was also introduced in the Excise Commissionerate office in Guwahati’s Housfed area. In order to chase down the culprits operating illegally in the state, excise laws were strictly enforced in the border areas of Arunachal Pradesh, Meghalaya.”
Pandey also mentioned that the entire licensee holders of the state had also come forward to support the department in nabbing the illegal liquors in the state.
Earlier, the CEO Assam informed that under the supervision of the Election Commission of India, round the clock vigilance was maintained by Assam Police, State Excise Department, Income Tax Department, Directorate of Revenue Intelligence, Narcotics Control Bureau, Flying Squads, Static Surveillance Teams and other regulatory agencies to detect any suspicious movement of cash, liquor, valuables, narcotics etc. across the poll-bound state. This has resulted in the total seizure of cash, liquor, drugs and narcotics worth Rs. 122.33 crore.