Illicit liquor flooding to Assam from other states, crore of rupees IMFL seized in different areas

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Guwahati, Sept 22: Sleuths of excise department and Bureau of Investigation of Economic Offence (BIEO) seized huge quantities of illicit liquor worth of several crore of rupees from various parts of Guwahati city on Friday.

Officials of excise department conducted raids at Boko area in Kamrup district and seized around 200 cases of IMFL meant for sale in Arunachal Pradesh. The team led by Kamrup (Metro) superintendent of excise Debajit Nath also arrested two persons – Jagat Rabha and Gopal Das in this connection.

Several duplicate labels were seized during the raid. The teams also seized 25 cases of IMFL and beer, 80 litres of country liquor during the raids at Paltan Bazar, Uzanbazar and Nalapara in Guwahati on Thursday. Six persons were detained in this connection.

Among the seized liquors, 18 cases were meant for sale in Meghalaya. “An inter-state illicit liquor racket is working in the state depriving the government of its due excise duty,” a senior official of the department said.

The excise department has continued raid against the illicit liquor and the racket across the state. “Such raids were carried out in Tinsukia, Dibrugarh, Sivsagar, Golaghat, Sonitpur, Barpeta, Kamrup, Kamrup (Metro), Karimganj districts,” he said.

On the other hand, sleuths of CID had seized a truckload of beer at Numaligarh in Golaghat district. The consignment was meant for sale in Arunachal Pradesh, but it was being transported for sale in Nagaland. The CID found that the challans were made for mustard oil and showed that these were meant to be transported from Beltola in Guwahati to Nagaland, sources said.

Meanwhile, the Bureau of Investigation of Economic Offences (BIEO) has arrested liquor mafia Rajesh Jalan, who is presently in judicial custody in connection with Rs 40 crore tax evasion scam of BG bonded warehouse. The arrest was made after BIEO seized five trucks of illicit liquor from a plot of land owned by Jalan.

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