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KOCHI: The Commissioner of Central Excise, Kochi, has warned that strict steps will be taken against manufacturers, exporters and dealers who cheat the Government by evading Excise duties.

M. Vinod Kumar, the commissioner, told The Hindu on Thursday that random checks by the Customs staff had revealed violations of the Central Excise Rules using fraudulent means. This would be firmly dealt with.He noted that fraudulent practices had been noticed in the case of the Cenvat scheme.