Assam Excise Department holds series of meetings with counterparts from Arunachal Pradesh & Meghalaya

Clandestine in-flow of liquor into the state from neighbouring states like Arunachal Pradesh and Meghalaya may play a role in influencing the electorate before and during the assembly election

Ahead of the ensuing State Assembly Election, the Assam Excise Department has conducted series of meetings with their counterparts from the neighbouring states of Arunachal Pradesh, Meghalaya.

There is an apprehension that clandestine in-flow of liquor into the state from neighbouring states like Arunachal Pradesh and Meghalaya may play a role in influencing the electorate before and during assembly election.

The Assam Excise Department has already taken initiative to keep a strict vigil to control and check the inflow of illegal liquor through Inter-State and International Border into the state of Assam.

Recently on January 30, 2021, a meeting was held by the Excise Department of Assam in connection with inter-state/district co-ordination for enforcement of excise lodge in the office of the Deputy Commissioner, Tezpur, Sonitpur between the officials of Assam and Arunachal Pradesh comprising of Commissioner of Excise, Assam, Deputy Commissioner, Sonitpur, Superintendent of Police, Sonitpur, Deputy Commissioner West Kameng, Assam, Superintendent of Police West Kameng and others took part.

In the meeting, the Commissioner of Excise, Assam initiated the discussion and apprised the officials present about the directions issued by the Election Commission of India in connection with forthcoming Assam Assembly Election 2021. The issue of illegal liquor through the inter-state border specially Assam-Arunachal Pradesh border was discussed with an appeal to give special attention to these aspects. It was decided in the meeting to ensure the reporting of the entry and exit of every vehicle carrying consignments of liquor plying between Assam and Arunachal Pradesh.

A similar meeting was held on February 2, 2021, in the office of Deputy Commissioner, Rhi-Bhoi District, Nongpoh, Meghalaya, in which Commissioner of Excise, Assam, Commissioner of Excise, Meghalaya, Deputy Commissioner Rhi-Bhoi district, Superintendent of Police Rhi-Bhoi district and other officials.

A meeting was held on February 5, 2021 in Dhemaji in which Commissioner of Excise, Assam, Deputy Commissioner and Superintendent of Police Dhemaji, Deputy Commissioner and Superintendent of Police Lakhimpur, Deputy Commissioner Papumpare, Arunachal Pradesh, Superintendent of Police Capital Complex, Arunachal Pradesh, other officials of both state were present.

On the same day, another meeting was held in the office of the Deputy Commissioner, Dibrugarh in which Commissioner of Excise, Assam, Deputy Commissioner and Superintendent of Police Dibrugarh, Deputy Commissioner and Superintendent of Police Sivasagar, Deputy Commissioner and Superintendent of Police Charaideo, Deputy Commissioner and Superintendent of Police Tinsukia, officials from Arunachal Pradesh and other officials were present.

Following the meetings, it was agreed that intelligence inputs and other vital information would be shared by the concerned officials on both sides of the borders.

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Excise Department notifies help line numbers ahead ensuing Assam Assembly Polls

In view of ensuing Assam Assembly Polls, the Department of Excise hereby notified the following helpline numbers for receipt of intelligence input about illegal production/storage/sale of liquor and to receive the grievances and information of violation of rule and distribution of liquor among voters to influence voting.

HELPLINE NUMBERS

7002231557 & 7002266033

The officials who shall handle the helpline numbers are namely: Sri Sushanta Debnath, Assistant Inspector of Excise, EIB, Guwahati and Debasish Dey, Assistant Inspector of Excise, EIB, Guwahati.

As per the notification, both the officials shall register every information and complaint received from general public or group, and will accordingly pass on information to the concerned Superintendent of Excise to take action accordingly. If the information is discreet in nature then it must be immediately forwarded on to the joint commissioner of Excise (EIB), Assam for necessary action.

The order shall come into force from January 29, 2021.

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Excise Department chalks out action plan to check illegal influx of liquor during election period in Assam

The Assam Excise Department chalked out an action plan to check and control the production, distribution and supply of illicit liquor in the state during the pre-election and election period.

As per the instructions given by ECI, the following action plan has been chalked out to check and control the production, storage, distribution and sale of illicit liquor and to curtail the transport of illegal inflow of liquor into the state.

  1. Deputy Commissioner of all districts shall constitute district-level task force comprising of Excise and Police officials.
  2. Daily reports on enforcement activities shall be furnished by all District Superintendents of Excise showing details of case detection, arrests and seizures made by Police and Excise independently and by Police and Excise jointly and same shall be complied at Deputy Commissioner and Superintendent of Police level also so that there is no ambiguity in seizure data.
  3. Deputy Commissioner, Superintendents of police and Superintendents of Excise of districts sharing Inter-State border with neighbouring states of Arunachal Pradesh, Meghalaya, Tripura, Nagaland and West Bengal and International Border with Bhutan and Bangladesh shall have co-ordination meetings with their counterparts to take action against illegal liquor inflow into the state.
  4. Deputy Commissioners, Superintendents of Police and Superintendents of Excise of concerned districts have been directed to establish check posts at Srirampur, Chagolia, Bokajan, Lakhipur (Cachar), Hollongi, Balijan, Banderdewa, Kimin, Harmoti, Kakoi, Siajujuli, Bhalukpung, Seijusa, Ruskin Gate, Telam Simen Chapari, Sili, Likabali, Dirak Gate (Kakopathar), Shantipur (Sadiya), Margherita, Bordumsa Gate (Digboi), Xukanpukhuri, Joypur (Naharkatia), Bogibeel, Khanapara (Guwahati) and other locations as considered vulnerable from the point of illegal liquor inflow. These check posts shall be manned by Police and Excise jointly for monitoring all transiting vehicles carrying liquor consignments.
  5. Superintendents of Excise have been directed to monitor on regular basis the operations of all distilleries, breweries and bottling plants located in their jurisdiction.
  6. Concerned Superintendents of Excise are also asked to keep strict vigil on the two distilleries namely Radiant Manufacture Pvt Ltd, Karbi Anglong and Brahmaputra Biochem Pvt Ltd, Kamrup to check any probable leakage of ENA.
  7. Concerned superintendents of Excise shall ensure frequent and regular checking of all wholesale warehouses and retail shops located in the bordering districts.
  8. Superintendents of Excise shall conduct regular enforcement drives in all vulnerable places and areas under polling stations identified as sensitive from a liquor point of view.
  9. Also, the Commissioner of police, Guwahati, Deputy Commissioners and Superintendents of police are also requested to notify one Nodal Officer who will share the detection and seizure data with the concerned Superintendent of Excise for compilation and uploading on the Excise ONLINE portal for onward transmission to ECI on a daily basis.

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EIB seizes huge consignment of IMFL in Sonapur, 2 Apprehended

Guwahati: Acting on a tip-off, the sleuths of the Excise Intelligence Bureau (EIB) seized a huge consignment of IMFL at Tetelia area of Sonapur near NH 37 on Wednesday night.

Based on the information, the officials of EIB seized the consignment and apprehended two people while they were heading from Himalayan Distillery Pvt Limited (factory) to M/S Borgohain Enterprises Bonded Warehouse Pvt Ltd in Mariani under Jorhat District.

The apprehended persons were identified as Ranjan Daimary and Habibul Haque.

On the basis of the recorded statements of Ranjan Daimary and Habibul Haque, two more people namely Digonta Neog and Dinesh Rabha were reported absconding and a search operation has also been launched by the Excise Intelligence Bureau officials at their respective residences in 12th mile, Guwahati.

Notably, the excise department provides online challans carrying bar codes in it; however, the apprehended persons presented the invalid challans before the EIB officials which have been discontinued by the department way back in the year 2016, informed Sailendra Pandey, PRO to Parimal Suklabaidya, Excise Minister, Govt of Assam.

"It is quite shocking that 6 months back the department had seized illegal liquor from the nearby compounds of Himalayan Distillery Pvt Limited (factory) and has registered a case against the persons involved. Two people were detained for their alleged involvement in the illegal bottling of IMLF liquors. Out of the two accused, one has been arrested and was sent to judicial custody and the other is reported to be absconding," said Pandey in a press statement.

Meanwhile, Assam Excise Minister, Parimal Suklabaidya hailed the EIB officials and have directed the Excise Department for an inquiry into the matter and has urged the concerned authority to take strict action against the concern factory officer in charge and Kamrup Metro Enforcement in-charge in this regard.

In another instance, following the direction of Assam Excise Minister, Parimal Suklabaidya, a Special Excise Team under the aegis of Excise Superintendent, Kamrup Metro, Debojit Nath detected an illegal bottling plant at 14th Mile and recovered:

IMFL- 918 cases

ENA- 4000 ltrs approx

Machinery for bottling plants

 

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'Dry day' in Guwahati city tomorrow on account of Srimanta Sankardeva's birth anniversary

Guwahati: The Kamrup Metro District Administration has declared September 26 as 'dry day' on account of the birth anniversary of MAHAPURUSH SRIMANTA SANKARADEVA.

As per a notification, the Commissioner of Excise has informed that during this period possession or sale or distribution of spirituous, fermented or intoxicating liquor or other substances of alike nature is completed prohibited.

Also, during the dry day, all wholesale warehouses, IMFL Retail “OFF” and “NO” shops including Club “ON”  Hotel “ON” and country spirit shops will remain closed in Kamrup Metro District.

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Two Excise officials succumb to COVID-19 in Assam

Guwahati: A moment of grief surrounded the Assam Excise Department following the death of two officials namely Ranjit Baishya, IE & Gambhir Baruah, Drafty due to COVID-19 on Tuesday.

Informing about the matter State Excise Minister, Parimal Suklabaidya took to Twitter expressing deepest condolence saying, “Moment of deep grief for Assam Excise Department as we lose two efficient personnel Shri Ranjit Baishya, IE & Shri Gambhir Baruah, Drafty as they succumbed to the deadly #Covid_19. My deepest condolences to their families.”

With this, the total death cases in Assam now stand at 482 till Monday midnight.

So far 1, 44,166 cases for COVID-19 positive have been reported in Assam, of which 1,15,051 patients have been discharged with 28,630 active cases.

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Excise Conducts Raid In Sivasagar, Seizes Huge Quantity Of Illicit Liquor

Guwahati: In a major successful exercise, the sleuths of the Sivasagar Excise Department launched a massive operation in the district and seized several quantities of fermented and illicit liquors and other items on Thursday.

In a press statement, the Excise Department informed that under the strict direction of the Commissioner of Excise, the department seized around 30-litre illicit liquor, 230 litre fermented liquor and other items including 'lali gur' weighing 8800 kilos.

Notably, few days back a local police station had seized several quantities of 'lali gur', following which the people in the area earlier blamed the Excise Department for their unconcerned attitude. However, on Thursday after receiving an order from the Excise Department, the Sivasagar Excise Department conducted the raids at the liquor dens in various parts of Sivasagar and Charaideo districts.

The department has also seized unauthorized India Made Foreign Liquor (IMFL) illegally transported from Arunachal Pradesh. Almost 405 litres of IMFL and 3900 litres of Arunachali made beer seized, informed the officials.

Meanwhile, Commissioner of Excise has urged upon the sleuths of the Department in the entire districts to remain cautious and set up vigil in the bordering areas of Assam in order to restrict the entry of unauthorized India Made Foreign Liquor (IMFL) from neighbouring state Arunachal Pradesh.

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Assam Excise extends renewal fees submission date till June 15, 2020

 

Guwahati: Amidst the outspread of COVID-19 pandemic & the on-going lockdown restrictions, Commissionarate of Assam Excise has decided to extend the renewal fees submission date of all types of Excise licenses till the 15th of June, 2020 to facilitate the license holders to submit renewal fees without any hindrance.

Earlier, a request was made by the Liquor Trade Associations for the extension date following which the Excise Minister Parimal Suklabaidiya directed the Commissioner of Excise Rakesh Kumar to decide on a date which can be set as a deadline for the fees submission.