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Police tighten up measures against prohibition offences


Instructions issued to PEW units to launch crackdowns on illegal storage points, writes R.Rajaram


With a month to go for the Assembly election, law enforcing authorities have tightened up measures to check movement of spurious liquor, illicit distillation, toddy tapping and illegal sale of Indian Made Foreign Liquor.

Personnel attached to the Prohibition and Enforcement Wing (PEW), mandated with the task of eradicating illicit distillation, checking transportation and sale of illicit liquor besides preventing smuggling of spurious and seconds Indian Made Foreign Spirit from other states, have been instructed to ramp up drives against prohibition offences across the Central Zone.

Instructions wer issued to the officers of PEW units of districts falling under the Central Zone at a review meeting held by the Superintendent of Police (Enforcement) on Thursday. The PEW personnel were asked to enhance vigil and intensify steps against prohibition-related offences at a time when elections were round the corner. Present at the meeting were Additional Superintendents of Police, Deputy Superintendents of Police and Inspectors of PEW of Tiruchi City, Tiruchi Rural, Pudukottai, Karur, Perambalur, Ariyalur, Thanjavur, Tiruvarur and Nagapattinam districts.

Sources said PEW personnel have been asked to go on surprise night rounds and carry out vehicle checks to prevent illegal movement of spurious liquor, rectified spirit and arrack. They have been instructed to keep a watch and prevent illegal transportation of rectified spirit and spurious liquor from neighbouring Puducherry and Karaikal into Tamil Nadu. Instructions have also been issued to the PEW units to launch crackdowns on the illegal storage points.

Special drives have already begun within Tiruchi Rural Police limit over the past few days with the law enforcers seizing over 250 litres of toddy and a few litres of illicit arrack. More than 70 persons including three women were arrested in this connection. As far as Tiruchi district is concerned the focus of the law enforcers is more on preventing toddy tapping, a senior police officer here said adding that the special drives would continue till the elections.

A sudden drive by a special team of the city police on Thursday in the bars functioning close to the Tamil Nadu State Marketing Corporation liquor outlets within the city limit led to the arrest of 27 persons who were found allegedly selling liquor illegally. As many as 115 liquor bottles were seized from them. The city police authorities say that similar drives would be carried out in future , warning that steps would be taken to cancel the licences of those bars where illegal sale of liquor was reported.

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