MAJULI, March 19 - The district administration of Majuli has intensified its anti-liquor drive throughout the district.
Under the direction of the Deputy Commissioner, the Excise Department and Majuli police have been jointly conducting raids to check the manufacture, sale and distribution of liquor in various parts of Majuli.
Selling of wine in Majuli, which is full of Satras and Satriya culture is completely illegal. But as the DC has received a few pubic complaints about some illegal wine shops and businessmen he ordered an operation against them.
As a part of the operation, under the leadership of Majuli Excise Officer Amarjyoti Bharali, the Excise Department launched operations in places like Jengraimukh, Nayabazar, Mudoibil, Majar Deuri, Bali Deuri, Kamalabari, Kalabari Ferry Ghat etc., from March 15.
During an operation on March 16 night, a liquor peddler was arrested with 30 bottles of imported wine in Kamalabari. The Excise team also seized five litres of local wine (sulai) in Dhapak Tiniali.
In another operation, on March 15 night, jointly with Jengraimukh Police, from areas like Jenhraimukh, Mudoibil, Nayabazar, Major Deuri and Bali Deuri along with a number of imported wine bottles, 25 litres of local wine (sulai), and 20 litres of other local wine was seized from the sellers. In that operation, a woman was also arrested from Jengraimukh.
The team also raided Kamalabari Ferry Ghat on the same day, seized wine bottles and destroyed them.
The DC of Majuli, Pallab Gopal Jha has given strict orders to continue operations against illegal wine, wine-sellers and also against drinking at public places. During the operation, Jengari police caught 20 drunkards from public places.