Excise department seizes 1187 litres of illicit liquor and suspends 3 licenses

State Taxes and Excise Commissioner Yunus informed here today that action against illegal liquor is going on by the Special Task Force constituted by the State Taxes and Excise Department. In different parts of the state, the team raided under the Excise Act and took action in revenue districts Baddi, Kangra, Chamba, Una, Mandi, Hamirpur, Nurpur, he said. 

He said that a total of 1425 bottles of liquor were recovered in this operation.  Apart from this, 132 liters of lahan has also been seized and destroyed. All the licensed premises located in the state are being inspected by the department, he added. “Instructions have been issued to all licensees to work according to the Excise Rules and the provisions made there under” said he.  The Commissioner said that taking a tough stand against violation of rules, the department has suspended three licenses (L-1, L-13) of liquor wholesalers.  The department has so far taken action as per rules by taking possession of 2,19,325 liters of illicit liquor during the Model Code of Conduct. 

Yunus informed that strict action is being taken against the illegal liquor trade under the Excise Act. “Control room has been established at the headquarters level. The department is keeping a close watch on all bottling plants, distilleries, breweries and wholesale warehouses located in the state. Prompt action is being taken on every complaint received in the control room. All the premises are also being monitored by control rooms set up at district and zonal levels in the state” he added. He said that complaints related to illicit liquor can be made on the Toll free number 1800-180-8062, or WhatsApp number-9418611339.

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