Crackdown on illicit liquor trade: Manipur authorities dispose of seized liquor

In a significant operation targeting the illicit liquor trade, authorities in Manipur’s Kangpokpi district have demolished a substantial quantity of seized Indian-Made Foreign Liquor (IMFL) and locally-made distilled liquor. Spearheaded by a special enforcement squad comprising officials from the Excise Police and other law enforcement agencies, the crackdown was conducted in connection with the 18th Lok Sabha Election in 2024.

Reports indicate that a total of 3,579 liters of Distilled Indigenous Country (DIC) liquor and 99.17 liters of IMFL, valued at approximately Rs. 411,302 in the local black markets, were confiscated from various areas of Kangpokpi district between January and April of this year.

Deemed illegal under the Manipur Liquor Prohibition Act 1991, the seized liquor was amassed through diligent efforts by the enforcement squad. Following confiscation, authorities swiftly moved to dispose of the illicit items.

The destruction ceremony took place at the premises of the Sapormeina Excise Station in Kangpokpi, where hundreds of bottles and several plastic bags containing DIC and IMFL liquors were incinerated in a controlled pyre. This disposal method was conducted under the directive of the State Excise Commissioner and adhered to legal provisions outlined in the Manipur Liquor Prohibition Act 1991, under section 69.

This joint operation not only underscores the state’s commitment to enforcing liquor prohibition laws but also highlights the collaborative efforts between various law enforcement agencies aimed at curbing the illicit liquor trade, especially in sensitive border regions like Manipur.

Officials speaking on the matter emphasized the detrimental effects of illegal liquor trade on society, citing its contribution to health hazards and social instability. They reiterated the government’s resolve to vigorously combat such activities, safeguarding public health and maintaining law and order.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *