Deaths condoled, action ordered following hooch incident
The Governor Baby Rani Maurya and chief minister Trivendra Singh Rawat have expressed grief at the deaths resulting from consumption of spurious liquor in Roorkee Tehsil of Haridwar district. The Chief Minister has directed strict action and a magisterial inquiry in this case. Further, the state administration has decided to undertake a special drive against illegal liquor across the state.
Rawat directed the chief secretary and director general of police to take action against those found guilty in this case. Taking serious cognisance, the state administration suspended two excise inspectors and 11 excise department personnel. The Jhabreda police station in-charge, in charge of the police post concerned and two beat constables have also been suspended. The chief minister also directed the health director general and Haridwar chief medical officer to ensure proper treatment of those admitted in hospitals after consuming spurious liquor.
Meanwhile, the principal secretary, Anand Bardhan issued two letters- one to the Excise commissioner and one to all district magistrates on this issue.
In the letter to the Excise commissioner, the principal secretary has informed about the formation of an inspection team comprising departmental officials. Till further order, this team will camp in Roorkee Tehsil and monitor the actions being taken to stop brewing and sale of illegal liquor. The team will inform the Excise commissioner and state administration from time to time about action taken in this regard.
Further, in the letter addressed to all the district magistrates, Bardhan states that probably due to effective action not being taken at the district level to check the brewing, smuggling and sale of illegal liquor, the incident like the one in Roorkee had occurred. He has directed the DMs to form district level committees to act against illegal liquor manufacturing and sale on a war scale. These committees will report on the action taken on a weekly basis to the Excise commissioner and state administration.
MLA reiterates demand for prohibition
Following the deaths caused by consumption of spurious liquor in Haridwar district, the Jhabreda MLA Deshraj Karnwal has once again elicited focus on the demand for complete prohibition on liquor in the state.
The MLA stated that he had informed the chief minister in detail about the incident and sought strict action against the guilty in addition to financial assistance for the affected families. He said, “In the past too I have demanded in the Vidhan Sabha that alcohol be completely banned in the state-especially in Haridwar.
There was prohibition on liquor in Haridwar between 1977 and 1980. Haridwar district is especially sensitive due to the religious aspect, IIT Roorkee and Piran Kaliyar in Roorkee. However, instead of prohibition, the business of intoxicants is thriving in Haridwar. While the liquor mafia is having a free run, drugs sold in medical stores are being abused in the rural areas.It is a matter of serious concern that the youth are getting addicted to intoxicants. Politicians with ambitions of winning are encouraging such practices by distributing free liquor for votes and damaging society in the process. I demand that the Election Commission of India impose complete prohibition during election at any level. The sale of liquor should be stopped with declaration of model code of conduct and any candidate found offering liquor during the campaign should have the candidature cancelled,” he said.
Saturday, 09 February 2019 | PNS | Dehradun
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