Polls: drive to prevent misuse of liquor continues

Rs 74,000 worth liquor seized from Navelim wine store

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MARGAO

A total of 650 liquor bottles worth Rs 74,000 were seized by excise department officers on Wednesday night from a Navelim wine store as part of the department’s drive against illegally operating liquor stores ahead of the Lok Sabha polls.

A team comprising of excise officers had begun surveillance on the wine shop in Mandop, Navelim after a display board was installed but had not obtained required licences from the department. After observing the movements at the Wine Guru wine shop, officers on Wednesday night conducted a raid and seized the liquor.

“We had noticed that the display board was put up without the required permissions and we began surveillance. At around 7.30 pm, we raided the shop and seized 650 bottles of various brands of liquors,” said excise officer Shamba Naik.

The raid comes as part of a campaign that was started ahead of the Lok Sabha elections. The Navelim raid is the third case since the beginning of the campaign. “The first raid was conducted at the railway station where we had seized in three separate cases a total of Rs 16,000 worth liquor. We will continue conducting such raids and initiate strict action against those who are found in violation,” said excise officer Chandrahan Naik.

 

Liquor worth Rs 80,000 seized in Ponda

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PONDA

Liquor worth around Rs 80,000 was seized by the Ponda police on Thursday evening as it was allegedly being transported illegally without

permit.

As per information, police patrolling van intercepted a tempo at Bethoda junction proceeding towards Ponda via Dhavali. During inspection, police found around 170 boxes of alcohol of various make from the tempo which was valued at Rs 80,000.

During inquiry, the tempo driver failed to produce valid permit to transport the alcohol following which police seized the alcohol along with the vehicle.

Following the panchanama, the seized alcohol was handed over to the excise department and further investigation is under progress, informed LPSI Rifa

Barreto.