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Over 96,000 illicit liquor bottles recovered till February this year

Over 96,000 illicit liquor bottles recovered till February this year

New Delhi: The Delhi Police has identified 265 habitual bootleggers in the city and also recovered more than 96,000 illicit liquor bottles till February 2019. The law enforcement agency also registered more than 600 cases under the Excise Act.

The Delhi Police Commissioner in recently held Crime Review Meeting took the stock of police action regarding curbing of illegal liquor supply in the city. According to Delhi Police data (till 24 February) accessed by Millennium Post, there was an increase in the number of habitual bootleggers in the city. "In 2018 there were 241 habitual bootleggers whereas in the current year, the number increased to 265," the data claimed. Two districts separately have 63 bootleggers.

As many as 94 proposals of externment were initiated last year whereas in 2019 around 10 proposals begin and 724 history sheets already opened and 78 history sheets are proposed to be open. The city police in current year registered as many as 642 cases under Excise Act whereas 96,747 illicit liquor bottles were recovered. "In one of the districts, as many as 156 cases were registered," data claimed.

The Delhi Police data further stated that 668 persons were nabbed in the current year whereas 113 vehicles involved in the business of illegal liquor supply were seized. In the meeting, the police chief also reviewed the progress report for weekly monitoring items for forthcoming Lok Sabha polls. Sources claimed that from December 24 to February 21, around 39245.84 litres of illicit liquor (28 can beer and 110 beer bottles) were seized. "Restrictions on unlicensed premises to be enforced was one of the discussion points in the meeting," sources further said.

Lt. Governor Anil Baijal had reviewed preparedness of Delhi Police for general elections 2019. According to Raj Niwas Press statement, LG directed Delhi Police to take stern steps to check movement of illicit cash and liquor. He also said that Delhi Police should focus on efficient control room management for effective and timely redressal of complaints regarding violation of model code of conduct.

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