Jamshedpur, Feb. 7: A joint state excise and police team seized 19 cartons of smuggled Indian-made Foreign Liquor (IMFL) worth around Rs 1.5 lakh , being smuggled from Punjab during a raid at a house at Potka block of East Singhbhum. The raid carried out by excise inspectors Prem Prakash Oraon and Ranjan Tiwary.
The officer said no arrests were made as the accused fled seeing the excise team. The seized products which comprised brands like Imperial Blue and Royal Stag were brought to the excise department office at Sakchi.
Earlier, the sale of liquor was being carried out through about 100 the licensed shops across the steel city, but from August 1, the liquor being sold by Jharkhand State Beverage Corporation Ltd (JSBCL). Initially, the JSBCL had introduced 25 outlets for the liquor sale in the city, but now the number of outlets has gone up to 60.
“Illicit liquor is a hugely profitable industry where bootleggers pay no taxes and sell enormous quantities of their product. There is a need to restrict extensive abuse of the intoxicant in order to reduce untoward incidents in the society.
Moreover, most of the hotels are not adhering to the rules while serving foreign liquor in lavish parties. Continuous raids must be carried against illegal distilleries especially in view of the forthcoming festive season later this year,” noted another official.
Notably, the steel city has a history of manufacturing of duplicate liquor as the district police had in the past busted several rackets of duplicate liquor manufacturing units, especially from the localities like Bagbera, Jugsalai and Kadma.