Jamshedpur : A team of excise department on Wednesday seized illicit Indian Made Foreign Liquor (IMFL) worth over Rs 1 lakh from a godown on Slag Road under Sitaramdera police station area.
The excise team had recovered several cartons of various popular brands of the IMFL from a godown of Hari Om Enterprises following the raid.
Manoj Kumar, assistant commissioner, state excise department’s Singhbhum division, said that acting on a tip off they seized the stock of illicit liquor. “The team was able to recover the illicit liquor, but no one was arrested as the miscreants fled the scene, fearing arrest,” said Kumar.
The assistant commissioner said that the bottles which were seized had the labels of Made in Haryana.
Kumar said they had tried to find out the owner of Hari Om Enterprises, but he has fled the spot just minutes before the Excise raid. He said they would try to arrest him as early as possible.
Revealing about the move, another official of Excise pointed out that though they have set up the flying squads for conducting raids on the illicit liquor den and also at the illicit manufacturing units.
“We have decided to rely on the police’s co-operation in conducting raids effectively against the liquor traders and liquor-den operators,” he said.
Notably, the steel city has a history of manufacturing of duplicate liquor as the district police had in the past busted several racket of duplicate liquor manufacturing units, especially from the localities
like Bagbera, Jugsalai and Kadma. Knowledgeable sources maintain that the racketeers of duplicate liquors use to do the rebottling of the brand which has the maximum demands, and when the liquor shop owners do a brisk business on such occasions, they tend to sell the duplicate stuff.
“We have decided to carry out random search of those buses which leave the stand in the evening hours. In the effort we will also need the help of the Jharkhand Excise department,” said the senior police officer. He said if the consignment of liquor is found in any bus, they would not only seize the consignment, but will also taken strict action against the bus operators.
Every day about 150 buses leave the Sitaramdera bus stand for Bihar where the sale of liquor and its consumption is prohibited. As a result of the situation, bootleggers have evolved a business in which they procure liquor from steel city in considerable amount and sell them at a premium at Bihar. According to sources in this illegal trade, every day 50 cartons of liquor of various brands and sizes are smuggled to various destination of Bihar where it is sold. Bihar government has sought help to put a check on alleged smuggling of liquor to their state by road, rail and river routes.