Staff Correspondent

HASSAN: One day after the ban on arrack came into being, 22,129 arrack sachets were seized in Hassan district. Of these, 20,870 came from Hassan city.

However, liquor shops had a roaring business on Sunday as people queued up to buy cheap brands in the absence of arrack.

Though arrack was banned the previous night, it was sold clandestinely on Sunday which became evident by the raids conducted by the Excise staff throughout the district.

A team, led by the Excise Superintendent, raided a hotel on the outskirts of Hassan and seized 200 sachets. They also arrested Dharma who was allegedly selling sachets on Sunday. He was remanded to judicial custody.

In Chennarayapatna, Deputy Superintendent of Excise R.N. Vanajakshi checked an arrack depot and took its accounts books for verification. She has formed a mobile team under Inspector S.C. Pape Gowda to curb illicit liquor manufacturing.

In the Chief Minister’s home town of Holenarsipur, people, who purchased arrack sachets at Rs. 5 a sachet (in some places, it was sold at Rs. 10 for three sachets), sold them at Rs. 15 a sachet on Sunday.

In many places, women self-help groups members expressed happiness over the ban.

The Excise Department has appealed to women self-help groups in the district to bring illicit liquor manufacturing to its notice.

6,000 sachets

Davangere Staff Correspondent reports:

The Excise Department conducted an early morning raid on Monday on a old bottle godown in Haleharlapura village in Harihar taluk and seized 6,000 sachets of arrack stored along with old bottles.

S.T. Gowdar, Deputy Commissioner of Excise, told The Hindu that over 6,000 litres of arrack worth over Rs. 10 lakhs was seized. He said it was probably meant for sale in the villages around Harihar.

However, there was no one in the godown when the raid was conducted. The Excise officials have not made any arrests in this connection so far. Investigation is on, he said.

Similarly, a special squad of the department seized arrack from different individuals in Davangere city today. Many individuals were allegedly carrying arrack sachets on their person and in bags with an intention to sell them. The special squad found the sachets after examining the individuals. It seized the arrack.