Lucknow:Shri Sanjay R. Bhoosreddy, Additional Chief Secretary Excise has informed that under the guidance of Hon’ble Chief Minister, Uttar Pradesh Yogi Adityanath and as per the directions of Shri Ram Naresh Agnihotri, Hon’ble Excise Minister, continuous action is being taken against the persons indulged in illegal activities of manufacturing, selling and smuggling of illicit liquor.
The Additional Chief Secretary, Excise has told that the Excise Department is fully committed to eliminate the mafia involved in the activities of manufacturing, selling and smuggling of illicit liquor. During the tenure of four and a half years, many stringent steps have been taken by the government for the prevention of illicit liquor. By adding section 60A in the Excise Act, the government made a provision for punishment upto life imprisonment against the person found involved in above illegal activities. Stringent actions were taken under the IPC, Gangster Act and Goonda against the criminals involved in the activities of illicit liquor, confiscation and attachment proceedings against their properties have been done. Taking a serious stand against the hooch tradgedy and loss of state revenue, the government is tightening the noose around the illegal liquor traders.
Giving informations about the actions taken against the liquor mafia, Additional Chief Secretary has told that in the last four and a half years, 515 liquor mafias were identified with the joint efforts of the police and excise department and cases have been registered against 511 ofthem. 493 mafias have been arrested, properties of 30 mafias were confiscated and attached. 72 liquor mafias were booked under the Gangster Act. Besides, Goonda Act was imposed on 114 criminals, arms licenses of 08 mafias were cancelled and by opening the history sheets of 172 mafias, further legal actions were being taken with the cooperation of police and administration.
Shri Sanjay R. Bhoosreddy, the Additional Chief Secretary, has also told that during the last four and a half years, under the direction of Hon’ble Chief Minister Shri Yogi Adityanath and Hon’ble Excise Minister Shri Ram Naresh Agnihotri, continuous special enforcement drive and raids have been carried out.
Mr. Senthil Pandian C, Excise Commissioner has informed that the raids against the manufacture, smuggling and sale of illicit liquor would continue and the mafias involved in the illegal liquor business would not be spared at any cost.