MANGALDAI, July 13 - In a significant development just at a time when the whole State has been surrounded by the issue of huge excise revenue loss due to the illegal stock, sale and transportation of IMFL, the Excise officials of Mangaldai circle on Monday afternoon managed to seize around 40 litres of IMFL illegally transported in 168 bottles. The big quantity of foreign liquor while being carried in a car bearing registration no AS01B-1266 from a retail outlet of IMFL called �Prince� in Kharupetia town was intercepted in an interior place along the Tangni-Bhakatpara connecting PWD road under Dhula Police Station, said a senior Excise official supervising the operation.
The Excise officials immediately seized the entire quantity of IMFL along with the car. Three passengers of the vehicle namely Santanu Sarkar of ward no-3, Mangaldai, Abinash Nath of Duni and Moinul Islam of Baihata Chariali, all of whom are identified as the employees of the said retail IMFL outlet in Mangaldai, reportedly run by controversial liquor baron of the State, Rajesh Jalan and sealed by the authority on May 27 last, on finding gross violation of the prevalent Excise rules by its management, have also been booked under the provisions of the Excise rules, the official source reiterated.
Meanwhile, people say that the Prince wine shop in Kharupetia from where the seized IMFL was being carried illegally, is also run by Rajesh Jalan in the name of official licensee Uttam Debanath. A case no. 86/2016 has been registered against the trio.
On the other hand, the Excise officials also carried out drives against illicit spurious country liquor in different strategic locations of Prafulla Nagar, Adhamapara and Saloipara among others and seized around 50 litres of spurious spirit. One person was booked in this connection.