Imphal: Police in Manipur commenced a mass drive against adulterated liquor which is available in plenty in the open market after the state government had decided to lift prohibition on liquor partially.
The cabinet of chief minister N Biren Singh had, on September 20 last, decided to lift prohibition on liquor partially.
Even though the cabinet gave nod to the partial lifting of the prohibition, official notification regarding repeal or amendment of the Manipur Liquor Prohibition Act, 1991 is yet to be issued, pending rules and regulations that would govern the legalization of the liquor.
However, following the decision, local liquor vendors are mushrooming almost in all the localities across the state. The liquor is also available in plenty in the open market. Noting seriously the latest development, police launched the mass drive against adulterated liquor commencing from today morning.
To mark the commencement of the drive, Imphal West district police conducted the drive at various localities across the district. Imphal police station, Singjamei police station, City police station and Lamphel police station conducted the drive in their respective areas of jurisdictions.
More than 300 litres of locally brewed liquor were seized in today’s drive, a police source said. The drive will be continued further in the district, the source added.
Police said that police in other districts will also launch the drive under the instruction of chief minister N Biren Singh.