Campaign against the illicit supply of liquor in Doon
Taking cognisance of the latest incident in which six people died while more that 10 people were admitted in different hospitals after allegedly consuming illicit liquor at Pathariya Peer colony, Neshville Road, district police have started a campaign against brewing, smuggling and supply of illicit liquor in Dehradun. The campaign was initiated on Wednesday and will continue till October 31. Dehradun Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP) Arun Mohan Joshi has given strict instructions to book repeat offenders under Gangster Act.
SSP Joshi on Wednesday said that with the upcoming three-tier Panchayat election, all the officers have been instructed to ensure complete ban on illicit supply of liquor in their areas. He also said that if officers concerned fail to take timely actions, strict actions will be taken against them. He appealed to the citizens to inform police immediately if they receive any information about the illicit supply of liquor in their areas. During the meeting with police station and post in-charge on Tuesday night, SSP Joshi instructed them to conduct verification of all the people who were earlier found involved in the illicit supply of liquor.
However, a social activist has stated that this is a mandatory damage control step taken by the authorities. He further said that in the 19 years since State formation, the local police have known about the politicians and senior officials who have been aiding and abetting these smugglers and suppliers, but no actions were taken. He said that if after more than 200 deaths last year did not resolve the issue; just six deaths wouldn’t make any difference, averred the activist.
It is pertinent to mention here that district police have arrested the alleged smuggler Gaurav and another named accused Ajay Sonkar alias Ghonchu, while they are attempting to arrest other suppliers suspected to be involved in the Pathariya Peer case.
Thursday, 26 September 2019 | PNS | Dehradun
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