The Excise Department had collected over Rs. 5.41 crore in Uttara Kannada district, according to M.K. Somayya, Assistant Commissioner of Excise.
Mr. Somayya told presspersons in Karwar on Wednesday that hooch manufacturing and illegal transportation of liquor were controlled in the district. This time 6.09 lakh boxes of liquor were sold in the district which was about 20 per cent over the sale compared to the last year and the government had gained an additional Rs. 1.25 crore, he said.
He said 92 vehicles had been confiscated for illegal transportation of liquor in the district and of them 62 were sold in open auction. This had brought about Rs. 22.48 lakh, he said.
Since Karwar was on Karnataka-Goa border, liquor from Goa was being illegally brought through sea, forest and by train. So far, 161 cases were registered for transporting Goa liquor and 88 persons were arrested in this connection. Thirteen heavy vehicles and two-wheelers were seized, he said.
Seventy cases were registered in the district in connection with the hooch manufacturing and 83 persons were arrested. The value of this was about Rs. 94.29 lakh, he said.
For several years, manufacturing hooch had been rampant at Mugali in Honnavar taluk. But the Excise Department had stopped it now. Gram sabhas and ward sabhas had been asked to inform the public about providing information on illegal transportation of liquor and manufacturing of hooch, he said.
Mr. Somayya said manufacture and sale of the hooch was a burden on the Excise Department in the district. To stop illegal ‘arrack' and hooch, the Forest Department officials, Konakan Railway Corporation, the police, and gram panchayat should combine their efforts, he said.
K.C. Haridas, Joint Commissioner of Excise, was present.