TAMIL NADU

Salem Rural Police adjudged the best

SALEM, JULY 24 . The Government has adjudged the Salem Rural Police as the best in the State for making the district "totally free from illicit arrack".

Disclosing this here on Wednesday, the Salem SP, A. G. Pon Manickavel, said that ADGP (Prohibition Enforcement), Upadhiyaya, at a function in Chennai on Tuesday distributed the excellence award, a silver plaque, to him. The SP said that this was the second consecutive time that the district had won this award.

The SP said that Salem district notorious for bootlegging stood 27th in the State in the prohibition enforcement. But sustained efforts and a co-ordinated approach from officials concerned, he was able to wipe out the illicit brew from the district. The prohibition offenders, he pointed out, were arrested and criminal proceedings were initiated against them. "People and villagers also have started giving us information," he added.

He claimed that the nexus that once existed between police and bootleggers had been broken. He said that sustained prohibition raids in the district had netted revenue of about Rs 2.5 crores in three months for the Government. A tourist spot Kanjamalai, which was under the clutches of the bootleggers had been retrieved after a surprise raid last year. "Now the tourists flock the small hill," he added.

The police stations of Jalakandapuram, Karumalaikoodal, Mettur, Thammampatti, Veeraganur, Kondalampatti and Mallur had been declared as arrack-free stations in the district. He added that a few illicit brewers who had stopped brewing long back were under constant surveillance.

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