GUWAHATI, Jan 21 - Having seized a number of illegal liquor consignments which had entered Assam from Arunachal Pradesh, Dispur has sought a clarification from the government of the neighbouring state over the �doubtful� permit papers in possession of the illicit liquor carriers.
In a letter to his Arunachal counterpart, the State Excise Commissioner said that the Excise Intelligence Bureau (EIB) has detained some vehicles (carrying Indian made foreign liquor from Arunachal Pradesh) and checked the permit papers.
During the inspection of the papers, it was found that the permits are doubtful.
�The seal on the permits is suspicious and many of the permits were printed manually, probably using a type writer. The serial numbers of the permits are also in decreasing sequence which should not be the case. Some permits did not bear the seal and the signature of the authority concerned,� sources said.
The State Excise Commissioner has asked his Arunachal counterpart to �clarify� the matter because �Assam Government is losing huge excise revenue due to these kinds of fraudulent practices adopted by license holders situated in Arunachal Pradesh�.
The sources further said over 20 truck-loads of liquor bound from Arunachal Pradesh are waiting to enter Assam, but due to strict surveillance by the Excise Intelligence Bureau, they have not entered the State. Two special teams from the EIB have been stationed in Sonitpur and Numaligarh to prevent any illegal transportation of liquor.