CM Biren instructs police to launch mass drive against illegal liquor sale

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Imphal: Manipur chief minister N. Biren Singh called on senior police officers of the state police to launch a mass drive against sale of illegal liquor as the government prepares for implementation of liquor legalization in the state.

What political advantage can the government gain by legalizing or not legalizing liquor, the chief minister asked adding that everything including revenue collection are secondary, the primary concern of the government is to save lives.

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Biren was addressing at the observation of birth anniversary of Hijam Irabot, here on Friday.

He said the government and the public are working together as a team and moving forward, and further assured that the government will never take up any work or policy which will harm or will be against the people of the state.

The chief minister on his Facebook wall posted, “Mass drive against liquor started state wide, detected about 200 litres of DIC liquors during Liquor drive of Imphal PS. More to follow.”

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He said the government will work hand in hand with the people of the state, and added that being a democracy there will be some who will disagree but the government will work in accordance with the majority of the public.

The Freedom of Speech and Freedom of Press also have a limit of decency and morality. Everyone is bound under the Constitution and cannot act beyond that, he added.

Speaking on issues related to student bodies’ election, Biren appealed to all concerned that all students’ related issues be left free and fair.

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