JORHAT, May 5 - The Jorhat district administration has renewed the prohibition imposed on sale and purchase of slush/liquid gur (lali gur), which had lapsed on April 23.
It may be mentioned here that on February 23 this year in the aftermath of the worst-ever hooch tragedy in recent times in Assam that struck in Golaghat and Jorhat districts, the Jorhat district magistrate vide an order issued by under Section 144 of the CrPC, prohibited sale and purchase of the said item for a period of 60 days from that day (February 23).
The Assam Tribune in its April 26 edition had published a report on expiry of the ban with passing of 60 days of the order issued on February 23, which was stated to be in force for a period of 60 days from the date of issue.
The order, issued on Friday by the Jorhat district magistrate stated that the prohibition on sale of lali gur has been imposed for a period of 60 days from Friday under Section 144 of the CrPC.
The order mentioned that the ban has been imposed to prevent preparing of illicit spurious liquor by unscrupulous elements by using lali gur. The order further said that any person seeking to buy lali gur to be used in cattle fodder would have to take prior permission from the administration or from the Veterinary and Animal Husbandry Department.
It may be mentioned here that Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal after the large number of hooch-induced deaths directed the deputy commissioners of the districts to issue orders to ban sale of lali gur.