Staff Correspondent

Excise Department books 33 cases

Excise control rooms opened in five taluks

No fresh licences issued for private bars

MANGALORE: Following the ban on arrack in the State from July 1, the Excise Department in Dakshina Kannada district has initiated steps to enforce the ban order effectively. Excise control rooms have been opened in the five taluks . Taluk-wise excise teams including two in Mangalore taluk, have been formed for the purpose.

Raids

Deputy Commissioner M. Maheshwar Rao told presspersons here on Thursday that excise teams had carried out 169 raids between July 1 and July 18 and booked 33 cases of violation of the ban order. As many as 12 persons were arrested. In all 3,161 litres of arrack, 38 litres of spurious liquor, 1,400 litres of jaggery concentrate and a car were seized.

In addition, the police have carried out raids and seized arrack and other materials used in its preparation. The district administration is closely monitoring the activities of arrack traders with the help of revenue and police officials, Mr. Rao said. He urged the people to inform the excise and police control rooms about illicit arrack brewing noticed by them.

N.M. Hussain, Deputy Commissioner (Excise) said the Government has fixed the department a target to sell 1,33,300 boxes of Indian made foreign liquor a month in the district as against pre-arrack ban target of 60,000 boxes.

The department had sent a proposal to the Government to set up a depot of Karnataka Beverages Corporation Limited at Bantwal to augment two such depots at Mangalore and Puttur, he said.

Asked if the department had issued additional licences for starting bars and restaurants following the ban on arrack, Mr. Hussain replied in the negative.All the existing 400-odd licence holders in the district had renewed their licenses for the excise year 2007-08 by paying a 15 per cent surcharge.

The department was issuing fresh licences for opening bars in KSTDC-approved lodges after strict scrutiny, he said.

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