Irregularities in stock and transactions were found during simultaneous raids conducted by the Vigilance Department officials on three outlets of the Beverages Corporation (Bevco) in the district.

The State-wide raids christened ‘Operation Bottle’ were carried out at the corporation’s outlets at Kanhangad, Neeleshwaram, and Pilicaode.

Vigilance sleuths found unaccounted money to the tune of Rs.12,000 at the Kanhangad outlet, P. Balakrishnan Nair, Circle Inspector, Vigilance, who led the raids said.

At Neeleshwaram outlet, officials led by Circle Inspector P.K. Sudhakaran found 200 bottles of cheaper Indian Made Foreign Liquor. When questioned, the employees of the outlet denied of having hoarded them. The officials said the staff would not have sold the brand due to the lower commission. At the Pilicaode outlet, a team led by Deputy Superintendent of Police P.P. Kunhiraman found similar irregularities in cash and stock. Mr. Nair said a report on the raid would be sent to the departments concerned for initiating disciplinary action.

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