Chief secretary’s directive on crackdown on liquor mafia



Patna,(BiharTimes): The Bihar government on Wednesday directed the police and excise department to crackdown on the liquor traders and seize their wealth amassed through the illicit business.
Chief Secretary Ashok Kumar Sinha, while reviewing the progress on crackdown, said the on-going drive by the excise department and police should be stepped up against those involved in illicit production and supply of liquor.

He said the authorities should issue advertisements in newspapers and other mass media to ask people to provide information about illicit liquor factories in their areas and those running such business. Award should be announced for those who provide information and secrecy of identities of such people should be ensured.

Sinha directed the home department to initiate process for
confiscation of assets amassed by the mafias by obtaining orders from the courts in order to deter such business. He also directed the excise department to take effective measures to break the monopoly of liquor business in the districts by some people and necessary provision in the excise law be made under which a person should not obtain license in the name of another person.

The Economic Offence Wing (EOW) informed the officials at the review meeting that 49 cases have been registered against the illicit liquor business in last week of December and 92 persons booked. Apart from this 12,953 litres spurious liquor seized during the drive.

Over 50 people, mostly from the poor socio-economic background, died after consumption of illicit liquor in Gaya, Bhojpur, Madhubani, Muzaffarpur and other districts of Bihar in recent months.

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