Police to launch mass drive against liquor: CM

IMPHAL, 13th Sep: Chief Minister N Biren Singh has announced that Manipur police will launch a mass drive against illegal sale and unlawful brewing of spurious liquor in the state.
He made the announcement while addressing a press conference at Chief Minister's Secretariat on Friday in the backdrop of busting manufacturing units of spurious liquor by police in the past few months.
Biren said that local liquor is being produced by some section of people as a part of their customary practice; however, this practice is uncontrollably turning into a commercial exercise, which leads to adulteration and large scale production of liquor in the recent past.
He observed that there is an urgent need for formulating a concrete policy in consultation with experts to check rampant sale and production of liquor which is hazardous to consume in the state.
While seeking support and co-operation from the masses in this regard, the CM urged the CSOs to suggest the government on the possible measures which could be taken up at this juncture as complete check on manufacture of local liquor is not possible due to customary obligation in the state.
The government is deeply concerned over widespread sale of adulterated local liquor across the state, the chief minister said, adding that detection of IMFL manufacturing units one after another has become another big worry. Maintaining that consumption of spurious and adulterated liquor causes different serious ailments, he asked all those involved in the business to stop such harmful practice which could claim human lives.
The chief minister maintained that state police busted a drug-manufacturing unit in Thoubal district recently leading to the seizure of Heroin worth around Rs 100 crore followed by seizure of the same drug worth around Rs 400 crore.
He informed that a woman was arrested from Thoubal Athokpam on Thursday and seized hazardous chemicals to be used in adulteration of Indian Made Foreign Liquor and that the rate of liver cirrhosis and other liver diseases suffered by married man between 25-50 years of age has increased sharply which is evident from the records collected from hospitals.
He sought co-operation from frontal civil society organisations in the government’s move to frame an effective anti-drug policy and save younger and coming generations from falling prey to drug addiction which has posed a serious threat to build a healthy society.
Announcing that anti-drug drives in different parts of the state will be intensified starting Friday, he conveyed that necessary steps to frame an effective anti-drug policy will be taken up and strict action will be taken up against those who defy the directive.
Biren also informed that strong instructions will be given to state police and excise personnel to initiate necessary measures to arrest drug dealers and take stringent action against them.
Items seized from a spurious liquor manufacturing unit located at Thoubal Athokpam, which was busted by Thoubal police on Thursday, were displayed before the media during the press conference which was also attended by Chief Secretary Dr J Suresh Babu and DGP LM Khaute.
It may be mentioned here that Thoubal police had also busted spurious liquor manufacturing units at Khongjom Bazaar on March 11 last and at Thoubal Athokpam on March 4 this year.

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