DHUBRI, Feb 28 - The Excise department in association with police conducted raids in various places of Dhubri district in the wake of hooch tragedy in Golaghat and Jorhat districts and seized illicit liquor stored in several godowns.
It may be mentioned that, the consumption and sale of illicit and local-made liquor has always been high in the district. It is learnt that raids were conducted over 20 locations and seized more than 400 litres of illicit liquor along with 2000 kgs of raw materials, used for making the brew. Dhubri Superintend of Excise, Manas Jyoti Das informed that During the extensive raids, which were carried out with the help of Dhubri police, confiscated illicit liquor from various tea gardens.
�The operation has yielded the desired results as we saw a huge quantity of fermented wash being destroyed,� he said.
In the crackdown, one person has been arrested in this connection and seized 150 litres of illicit liquor from the tea gardens.
The raid was also conducted in Majhipara, Gauripur Bus Stand and Panchu Ghat and arrested two persons and recovered 150 litres of liquor. �Apart from these raids few other raids have been made in many parts of the district from where we have collected good amount of illicit liquor�, added Das.
Police sources informed that the trade of illicit liquor has been increasing in the district and most of the dealers of such alcoholic drink import from the nearby areas .
Doomdooma Correspondent adds: The Excise department personnel in Tinsukia district launched an operation against illicit liquor today. The personnel of department conducted raids at Dholla, Doomdooma and Tinsukia(Rly) circle under the supervision of Deputy Superintendent of Excise, Tinsukia and Circle officer of Doomdooma Revenue Circle. A total of 14 cases of illicit liquor was registered at Laina and Orang Gaon of Dholla excise circle. Around one lakh litres of fermented wash, around 1,100 litres of chulai, around 5,325 kgs of Lali gur and apparatus of manufacturing illicit liquor were seized during the raid.
Highly-placed sources informed this correspondent that more raids would be conducted in various pockets soon against the consumption of illicit liquor.