Staff Reporter

GUWAHATI, Jan 29: The Assam Excise department has chalked out an action plan to check and control production, distribution and supply of illicit liquor in the State during the pre-election and election period.

“As per instructions given by the Election Commission of India, an elaborate action plan have been chalked out to check and control the production, storage, distribution and sale of illicit liquor and to curtail the transport of illegal inflow of liquor into the State,” an official release said.

Under the arrangements, the deputy commissioners of all the districts will constitute district-level task forces comprising excise and police officials. Daily reports on enforcement activities will be furnished by all the district superintendents of excise showing details of case detection, arrests and seizures made by police and excise independently and by police and excise jointly and the same will be complied at the deputy commissioner and superintendent of police level also so that there is no ambiguity in seizure data.

“Deputy commissioners, superintendents of police and superintendents of excise of districts sharing inter-State border with neighbouring States of Arunachal Pradesh, Meghalaya, Tripura, Nagaland and West Bengal and international border with Bhutan and Bangladesh shall have coordination meetings with their counterparts to take action against illegal liquor inflow into the State,” it added.
Deputy commissioners, superintendents of police and superintendents of excise of the districts concerned have been directed to establish check posts at Srirampur, Chagolia, Bokajan, Lakhipur (Cachar), Hollongi, Balijan, Banderdewa, Kimin, Harmoti, Kakoi, Siajujuli, Bhalukpung, Seijusa, Ruskin Gate, Telam Simen Chapari, Sili, Likabali, Dirak Gate (Kakopathar), Shantipur (Sadiya), Margherita, Bordumsa Gate (Digboi), Xukanpukhuri, Joypur (Naharkatia), Bogibeel, Khanapara (Guwahati) and other locations which are considered vulnerable from the point of illegal liquor inflow.

These check posts will be manned by police and excise jointly for monitoring all transiting vehicles carrying liquor consignments. Superintendents of excise have been directed to monitor on regular basis the operations of all distilleries, breweries and bottling plants located in their jurisdiction.

Superintendents of excise concerned have also been asked to keep strict vigil on the two distilleries – Radiant Manufacture Pvt Ltd, Karbi Anglong, and Brahmaputra Biochem Pvt Ltd, Kamrup – to check any probable leakage of ENA. The superintendents of excise will also ensure frequent and regular checking of all wholesale warehouses and retail shops located in the bordering districts.
“Superintendents of excise shall conduct regular enforcement drives in all vulnerable places and areas under polling stations identified as sensitive from liquor point of view. Also, the commissioner of police, Guwahati, deputy commissioners and superintendents of police are requested to notify one nodal officer who will share the detection and seizure data with the superintendent of excise concerned for compilation and uploading on the excise online portal for onward transmission to ECI on a daily basis,” it said.