Assam Excise Minister Parimal Suklabaidya on Friday drove a road roller over thousands of confiscated Indian-made foreign liquor (IMFL) bottles in Guwahati, which were seized by his Department early in 2016. The destroyed contraband included over six lakh bottles of IMFL and 17,410 cases of beer.
Excise department officials said, the move to destroy the seized liquor was made under supervision of magistrates, after the court issued orders.
Speaking to the media, the minister said, "This is just a demo. In the coming days more such steps will be taken."
A joint team of excise and police officials seized the consignment at four locations in Khatkhati in Karbi Anglong district while efforts to transport these to Guwahati by 14 trucks were on. Police had arrested 13 persons, all of whom have been charge-sheeted.
Excise Minister Parimal Suklabaidya has been carrying out sudden raids in the State ever since took charge of the department after the BJP came to power in 2016.
It may be mentioned that every month illegal liquor worth crores are smuggled into and through the State of Assam.
Reportedly, 39,085 litres of IMFL are sold by 1,448 licensed wine shops across Assam on a daily basis.
Assam shares border with two dry states- Manipur and Nagaland, and liquor for these two States are mostly smuggled through Assam.
The governments' move and more particularly the bold steps taken by Excise Minister Parimal Suklabaidya have been welcomed not only in the State, but throughout the nation.