Manipur to launch mass drive against liquor

Pothashang News Service: Imphal, September 13, 2019: There is urgent need for formulating a concrete policy to check rampant sale and production of liquor hazardous to consume in Manipur, said chief minister N. Biren Singh on Friday.

He sought support and co-operation from the masses in this regard.

The chief minister said local liquor is being produced by some section of people as a part of their customary practice. However, this practice is uncontrollably turning into commercial exercise, which leads to adulteration and large scale production of liquor in the recent past, he added.

Manipur Police will launch a mass drive against illegal sale of liquor and unlawful manufacture of spurious liquor in the state, Biren said.

The chief minister was addressing a press conference held at his secretariat on the backdrop of busting manufacturing units of spurious liquor by police in the past few months.

He urged the CSOs to suggest the government on the possible measures which can be taken up at this juncture as complete check on manufacture of local liquor is not possible in the State due to customary obligation.

Even as the government is deeply concerned about widespread sale of adulterated local liquor across the state, the chief minister said, detection of IMFL manufacturing units one after another has become another big worry.

Stating that spurious and adulterated liquor causes different serious ailments, he asked all those involved in the business to stop such harmful practice, which may take human lives, immediately.

Chief secretary Dr. J. Suresh Babu and DGP L.M. Khaute were also present at the press conference.

Items seized from a spurious liquor manufacturing unit located at Thoubal Athokpam, which was busted on Thursday by Thoubal Police, were displayed before the media.

Thoubal Police had earlier busted spurious liquor manufacturing units at Khongjom Bazaar on March 11and Thoubal Athokpam on March 4.

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