ANDHRA PRADESH

Anti-arrack panels to check bootlegging

Staff Reporter

Huge quantities of ID liquor destroyed



Detention of three persons ordered under PD Act

Cooperation of the public vital, says Collector



KHAMMAM: Anti – arrack committees are being formed in the villages as part of an elaborate exercise to check the problem of bootlegging by taking the support of the public in the district, according to C. Janardhan, Assistant Commissioner of Prohibition and Excise (enforcement) on Sunday.

He said the villages prone to illicit distillation have been identified and they were being raided by engaging special teams formed with the prohibition and excise task force and enforcement wing.

Huge quantities of fermented wash and ID liquor were destroyed.

Some 124 station house officers had been spearheading the raids in the areas where the problem was being felt with an intention to check the illicit distillation and sale of the arrack. With the anti-arrack committees playing a supporting role, the operations were expected to yield the desired results.

Raids

He said that the assistance given by the local police, the raids on the villages proved to be quite effective.

The District Collector, Shashi Bhushan Kumar had ordered the detention of three persons under the PD Act. Guguloth Ramu of Malsoor thanda, Shaik Sreenu of Madhira and Sivarathri Sangaiah of Manuguru were booked accordingly.

Accused of indulging in illicit distillation on a large scale, they were sent to remand.

He explained that in all 2,192 cases were booked in Kothagudem and Khammam prohibition and excise units in February and March last. Some 1,447 persons were arrested in connection with the cases.

Besides this fermented jaggery wash and 26,580 litres of ID liquor were seized and destroyed. He said 66 vehicles were seized in February and 78 in March for transporting illicit liquors.

Soliciting information on illicit distillation, he said that the cooperation of the public was vital for success of the drive against bootlegging.

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