Liquor, betel leaves, cigarettes seized

IMPHAL, 1st Aug: Police as well as local organisations seized large quantities of liquor, betel leaves and illegally imported cigarettes from different parts of the state on Friday and Saturday.
On Saturday morning, a patrolling team of Moirang police station seized Indian Made Foreign Liquor (IMFL) and can beers worth about Rs 1,40,000 at Moirang Bazar, informed our Bishnupur correspondent.
It is said that the patrolling team conducted frisking and checking in connection with Covid-19 lockdown at Moirang Bazar near Kiyam Leikai. The team spotted a Tata 407 pick-up truck (MN01-9235) seemingly loaded with essential items, proceeding towards Moirang side from Bishnupur around 8.30 am. However, during checking, the team found 42 boxes of IMFL and can beers (876 bottles) estimated to worth around Rs 1,40,000 concealed among essential items. The driver was then arrested and the illegal items seized. Later, the arrested driver and the seized items were handed over to the Excise Department, Moirang Branch for further action.
On the other-hand, a joint team of officials of Food Safety Department, Manipur Police Department and Imphal Municipal Corporation disposed betel leaves, which were seized by volunteers of Thangmeiband United Club (TUC) on July 29 from Tarung Grace Colony.
The seized betel leaves were disposed of at Lamdeng Solid Waste Management Plant on Saturday.
In a release, TUC general secretary Heisnam Phoren informed that with the support and co-operation of the people, TUC seized the betel leaves during drive at Grace Colony on July 29.
Pointing out that such seizure is not personal, Phoren appealed to all not to indulge in trading of unauthorised items during these trying times of lockdown and asserted that the volunteers will continue to carry out raids at suspected places in future. He also urged the people for extending support to TUC in this regard.
Meanwhile, out Thoubal correspondent informed that members of Waithou Meira Paibi and local club seized foreign made cigarettes worth Rs 5,76,000 at Waithou Thiyam Konjin, Thoubal on Saturday morning. The foreign made cigarettes were being transported from Mantripukhri to a resident of Thiyam when the consignment was intercepted.
According to report, a fully loaded Gypsy (MN04-A 4121) and a car with no license plate stopped for a while at Waithou Bazar around 6am and soon drove away from the area in suspicious manner. Volunteers of local club gave a chase and managed to stop the two suspicious vehicles at Chiru Konjin. While checking, volunteers found 16 boxes Korean made Esselitiths cigarettes worth Rs 36,000 per box. The seized foreign made cigarettes were burnt at the spot.
Later, four people involved were handed over to Lilong police.

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