1.3L il­licit liquor bot­tles seized in last 4 months

The Times of India (New Delhi edition) - - TIMES CITY - AlokKNMishra@ times­group.com

New Delhi: Delhi gov­ern­ment’s ex­cise de­part­ment has seized 1.34 lakh bot­tles of il­licit liquor, in­clud­ing 39,000 bot­tles of for­eign liquor, from dif­fer­ent parts of the cap­i­tal be­tween June and Septem­ber 10 this year. A ma­jor­ity of the seized liquor was brought from Haryana for sale in Delhi and be­yond.

The seizure un­cov­ers the largescale smug­gling of il­licit liquor in the city, es­pe­cially the ar­eas bor­der­ing Haryana.

Ato­tal of 194 per­sons were ar­rested dur­ing the raids and 2,000 FIRs were lodged. “We seized 117 ve­hi­cles that were used to ferry the liquor. The to­tal seized liquor in­cluded 35,046 bot­tles of for­eign liquor, 39,903 bot­tles of In­dian-made for­eign liquor, and 59,716 bot­tles of coun­try-made liquor,” said an of­fi­cial.

The ar­eas from where the seizures were made in­clude La­j­pat Na­gar, Dabri, Nan­gloi, Anand Vi­har, Narela, Ti­marpur, Hazrat Niza­mud­din, Mukherji Na­gar, Pan­dav Na­gar, and Paharganj, among other ar­eas.

“The raids will be fur­ther in­ten­si­fied. In one of the big­gest seizures re­cently, last month the team of Ex­cise In­tel­li­gence Bureau (EIB) along with Crime Branch of Delhi Po­lice car­ried out a raid at Paschim Vi­har, from where 35,000 bot­tles of for­eign liquor man­u­fac­tured in Aus­tralia, France, and Italy were re­cov­ered. The own­ers could not pro­duce any valid liquor li­cense for stor­ing and sell­ing the liquor,” said ex­cise com­mis­sioner Am­jad Tak.

The ex­cise de­part­ment has mo­bi­lized its EIB team and made de­ploy­ment for gath­er­ing in­for­ma­tion so that it can crack down on smug­gling of il­licit liquor.

A ma­jor rea­son for smug­gling of liquor is the dif­fer­ence in its prices in Haryana and Delhi. “Var­i­ous liquors are cheaper in Haryana as com­pared to Delhi, which is ex­ploited by some to smug­gle liquor here,” said a source. An­other ma­jor rea­son is the lack of an ad­e­quate num­ber of liquor shops in some unau­tho­rised ar­eas where a large num­ber of peo­ple live, mostly on the out­skirts of Delhi.

The de­part­ment has also taken ac­tion against 18 restau­rants and bars for vi­o­lat­ing dif­fer­ent ex­cise rules. “Sev­eral restau­rants and bars were found serv­ing liquor to un­der­age cus­tomers. A po­lice com­plaint was lodged against all such premises,” said an of­fi­cial.

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