Po­lice plan to in­voke CCA against liquor smug­gler

Hindustan Times (Ranchi) - - Ranchi - Man­ish Raj man­[email protected]­dus­tan­times.com ■

RANCHI:Two months af­ter six peo­ple died due to con­sump­tion of spu­ri­ous liquor in Hatma area, the sup­ply of the deadly brew con­tin­ues, with car­ri­ers find­ing in­ge­nious meth­ods to trans­port liquor into the city.

The po­lice plans to book the of­fend­ers un­der the Crime Con­trol Act (CCA), in or­der to cre­ate de­ter­rence.

On Tues­day, one woman was nabbed with 50 litres of spu­ri­ous liquor, barely 300 me­tres from Sukhdeo Na­gar po­lice sta­tion. Of­fi­cer-in-charge, Nawal Kishore Singh said that she was car­ry­ing the liquor in sev­eral foot­ball rub­ber tubes.

“In the face of po­lice ac­tion, liquor sup­pli­ers are now trans­port­ing liquor in ve­hi­cle and foot­ball tubes. The il­le­gal liquor made by liquor mafia was trans­ported across the state cap­i­tal through women on share-auto rick­shaws and cy­cle-rick­shaws,” he said.

Po­lice sources said that 50 litres of the liquor fetched any­thing be­tween Rs 1200-Rs 1500. The own­ers of liquor den in the state cap­i­tal sold this to tip­plers at their own price.

Singh said that Sec­tion 7A of the state ex­cise act was in­voked against those found trans­port­ing liquor.

“This per­tained to eva­sion of ex­cise rev­enue, and was a rel­a­tively mi­nor of­fence. The ar­rested were thus let-off with a mild sen­tence or fine, or both,” he added.

In Septem­ber last year, 13 peo­ple, in­clud­ing three Jhark­hand Armed Po­lice per­son­nel (JAP) and a vol­ley­ball coach had died af­ter con­sum­ing spu­ri­ous liquor be­ing sold in and around the JAP cam­pus in Do­randa. In a re­play of the tragedy, half-a-dozen peo­ple died at Hatma af­ter con­sum­ing spu­ri­ous liquor on Septem­ber 30.

Fol­low­ing the in­ci­dent, po­lice

cracked the whip against the liquor mafia, and ar­rested sev­eral peo­ple. Se­nior su­per­in­ten­dent of po­lice, Anish Gupta had di­rected of­fi­cer-in-charges of all po­lice sta­tions to com­pile a list of sus­pected mem­bers of the liquor mafia.

But, in the face of con­tin­u­ous smug­gling of il­le­gal liquor in the state cap­i­tal, po­lice are now de­vis­ing a new strat­egy. Gupta said that a list of the peo­ple hav­ing pre­vi­ous record of be­ing in­volved in the busi­ness of spu­ri­ous

liquor was pre­pared. Po­lice was also keep­ing a strict vigil on out­skirts ar­eas like Kanke, Namkum, Ratu, Hun­dru and Na­gri, which are the key ar­eas of liquor mafia.

“Un­der Sec­tion 3 of the Crime Con­trol Act anti-so­cial el­e­ments found in­volved in the il­le­gal liquor trade will be ex­terned from the district,” he said.

Gupta said the pro­vi­sion would also be in­voked against mis­cre­ants who smug­gled or trans­ported the il­le­gal brew.

Fam­ily mem­bers of liquor vic­tims at Hatma Basti in Ranchi. FILE PHOTO

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