BARPETA, Sept 21 � The Krishak Mukti Sangram Samiti has alleged that anti-social activities in Sarthebari area is on the rise and the lives and properties of the people are at stake.
In a memorandum addressed to the Circle Officer of Sarthebari Revenue Circle on Saturday, the Sarukshetri Anchalik Committee of the organisation expressed deep concern over the unchecked rise in illegal wine trading and other anti-social activities in the area.
The memorandum signed by Dandinath Barman and Mitul Deka, president and secretary respectively of the Sarulshetri Anchalik Committee of KMSS specifically mentioned that illegal trading of wine in all the villages and Sarthebari town area under the Sarthebari Revenue circle has flourished since 2012. Everyone apprehends some danger to his life with the advent of evening. The inhuman murder of Bijanta Patowary, an innocent driver of Sarthebari town on the night of September 13 proves the growth of unwanted elements in this area. They condemned the killing of Bijanta Patowary and demanded the arrest and adequate punishment to the culprits. At the same time, the organisation demanded adoption of measures so that the culprits cannot escape taking advantage of the loopholes of the laws and commit similar crimes in the future.
The memorandum alleged that flourishing of illegal sale of wine in the area has hindered the peace of mind of the innocent people. They suggested that raids be conducted in the business establishments of illegal traders by the Excise department and awareness campaigns be launched about the evil effects of liquor. They also warned that inaction of the respective departments may force people to take the law in their own hands.
It may be mentioned here that illegal business of wine in and around Sarthebari has made the lives of the people miserable and they have got irritated with the indifference of the Excise Department and the police. Amidst growing social indiscipline, there are reports that some one is going to establish a wine shop-cum-bar in this area. Several organisations had demanded a total ban of liquor in this area and issuing of licence for this trade September 15. It is expected that the district administration of Barpeta will pay adequate attention to the genuine demands of the people before the situation goes beyond their control.