Manipur News | IMPHAL | Mar 31
Though Manipur state had been announced as a dry state since 1991 under section 69 of Manipur Liquor Prohibition Act, 1991, the department of excise has seized a total of 8934.93 liters of alcohol including beer and destroyed today in connection with the 17th Lok Sabha election.
Speaking to media, deputy superintendent of excise, Th. Imo said the items were seized in connection with the poll preparedness in respect of state excise department for the ensuing general election of 17th Lok Sabha election.
Since the announcement of election on March 10, the department has conducted 425 raids, took 325 cases and arrested 325 persons till March 30. The department was able to seize 2622.890 liters of Indian Made Foreign Liquor, 850.165 beer and 5461.876 liters of distilled indigenous country liquor, he added.
He said the items were seized from Imphal East and West including some from Bishnupur and Thoubal district. The total approximate value of the seized items were Rs. 23, 74, 965 and Rs. 4, 09,950 were imposed as fine.
He said excise department is taking a part in the election expenditure monitoring under the compendium of instruction of election commission of India. State chief electoral officer has appointed the commissioner of excise as state nodal officer of excise for the ensuing general election, 2019, he said. Excise department has also appointed 11 district level officers, 13 enforcement teams, one for each district and two teams are stationed in excise head quarter, Lamphel to assist the district level nodal officers and enforcement team as when required, said Imo.
It may be mentioned that as per instruction of ECI, the department sought inter-state coordination among the excise commissioners of neighboring state and requested to extend support to check the state borders with Manipur to prevent the movement of illicit liquor into the state and also requested to intimate the information of illegal transportation of liquors from their State into Manipur to additional commissioner of excise and superintendent of excise, Manipur.
Imo further said that under election expenditure monitoring, the department has been monitoring production, storage, and distribution of liquor and other substance by conducting frequent raids at vulnerable areas to curb the liquor menaces during the election.
Though the liquor act is exempted for security personnel including state and central, the whole state is declared as ‘dry day’ on April 11, April 18 and May 25 which are the day for election first phase, second phase and counting of votes respectively which will effect for the exempted categories, said Imo.
It is also said that excise department has opened a control room at excise head quarter, Lamphelpat with dedicated helpline number 0385-2412655 and email id firstname.lastname@example.org. The control room has monitor overall activities of DLNO’s, enforcement teams and check gates with a 24X7 service. The control room compiled the data submitted by different DLNOs and prepared the alternatives day reports for seizure if IMFL, beer and DIC liquor for onwards submission to the CEO Manipur with a copy to ECI.