The Telugu Desam Party (TDP) leaders, who organised protests demanding action against the liquor syndicates, belt and benami shops became silent with the investigating officers putting out the names of some top TDP functionaries in the list of syndicates.

The ACB officials, who are probing liquor scam, served notices on A.P. Bewerages Corporation Limited a few days ago, directing the IML Depots not to deliver stocks to ‘nowkar nama holders' (benami persons) and give stocks to only license holders who come in person.

However, fearing arrest, many of the licence holders have not turned up to lift the stocks as they had violated the Excise lease of Beverages Corporation and were doing business employing benami persons, said Prohibition and Excise Deputy Commissioner S.M. Rajeswara Rao.

The Opposition party leaders organised a series of agitations after the Mylavaram liquor tragedy, in which 19 persons died and 25 others were hospitalised on January 1. Again, the TDP along with CPI, CPI (M) and other parties staged a protest in front of Government General Hospital (GGH) on May 11, when four persons died after consuming methanol-laced liquor in Vijayawada.

Mylavaram MLA and TDP district president Devineni Uma Maheswara Rao, on several occasions, blamed the Government over the indiscriminate sale of liquor and demanded action against benamis and liquor syndicates in the State.

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