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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EIB seizes 586 Arunachali-made IMFL bottles in Gohpur

In a major breakthrough, the sleuths of the Excise Intelligence Bureau (EIB) Guwahati carried out a raid in the dwelling house of one Dilip Hazarika at Chandamari village of Gohpur under Biswanath District and seized around 586 Arunachali-made IMFL bottles on Saturday.

As per EIB officials, the above seized items were supposedly meant for sale in Arunachal Pradesh and Assam.

Description of the seized items:

9 star whisky 180 ml- 188 nos

Red star beer- 1 case

MCD No 1: 750 ml- 1 case (7 bottles)

MCD No 1: 180 ml- 1 case (23 bottles)

MCD No 1: 375 ml- 6 bottles

MCD Rum 375ml- 2 bottles

MCD Rum 180 ml- 13 bottles

IB 180 ml- 168 bottles

IB 750 ml- 1 case

IB 375 ml- 8 bottles

Kingfisher Beer 500 ml- 1 case

Royal Stag 375 ml- 11 case

Royal Stag 750 ml- 4 bottles

Royal Stag 180 ml- 5 bottles

8 PM 375 ml- 3 bottles

8 PM 180 ml- 3 bottles

Jolly Roger Rum 180 ml- 2 bottles

Old monk Rum 180 ml- 3 bottles

Tuborg Beer 500 ml- 10 bottles

DS Black 750 ml- 1 bottle

DS Black 180 ml- 1 bottle

 

Total Quantity – 586 bottles

Meanwhile, the accused person has been handed over to Inspector of Excise, Gohpur Excise Circle for further investigation.

It is to be noted that ahead of the ensuing Assam Assembly Polls, the Department of Excise earlier 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.

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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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1100 Arunachal-made IMFL cases seized from claimed plastic granule-laden truck in Rangia

Around 1100 Arunachal-made IMFL cases have been seized by the sleuths of the Excise Intelligence Bureau (EIB) last evening from a truck while it was on its way to Durgapur (West Bengal) from Dibrugarh in Assam.

An EIB team headed by Subash Baishya detained a truck bearing registration number UP 21CN 5156 at Society Chowk, Rangia under Kamrup District.

                                                 Truck Driver Md Qasim

Subash Baishya also informed that the truck carrying Arunachal-made liquors was not carrying any valid permits.

The consignment papers available & produced by the truck driver, indicated that the consignment was for transporting PP Granules (14000 kg) worth Rs 5, 60,000.

It is noteworthy to mention that the consignment was loaded at M/S G&P Plastics, Borsaikia Gaon, Maijan Road in Assam’s Dibrugarh and was supposed to get delivered at Polycon Industries in Durgapur in West Bengal. The transport service of the above consignment was carried out by M/S New Barik Transport Service Transporter from Kalain in Cachar, informed the EIB official.

The truck driver identified as Md Qasim has been apprehended and was handed over to Dilip Kalita i/c Rangia for further investigation, said Subash Baishya.

Meanwhile, Assam Excise Minister Parimal Suklabaidya expressing his concern asked the department to probe into the matter and book all the culprits at the earliest.

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Two illegal liquor Godowns busted near Indo-Bhutan Border

Huge consignment of Arunachali made IMFL liquors seized

Guwahati: In yet another major operation, the sleuths of the Excise Intelligence Bureau and jawans of Sashastra Seema Bal (SSB) Rangiya Division jointly busted two illegal liquor godowns near Indo-Bhutan border village in Nagrijuli-Tamulpur area under Baksa District on Friday night.

The officials seized a huge consignment of Arunachali made IMFL liquors during the operation.

Almost 200 plus cartons of illegally made India Made Foreign Liquor (IMFL) were seized.

It is suspected that these illegally made IMFL liquors were all set for sale and distribution in the lower Assam districts of the state during this Durga Puja season.

Meanwhile, Assam Excise Minister Parimal Suklabaidya hailed the officials of the EIB and jawans of SSB Rangiya Division for their successful operation.

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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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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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Assam’s 11 major liquor manufacturers to produce 2.4 lakh ltrs hand sanitizers

GUWAHATI: In a one of its kind decision, Assam excise minister Parimal Suklabaidya on Friday directed 11 major liquor manufacturing and bottling plants of the state to produce hand sanitizers to help citizens to remain safe amid the coronavirus pandemic.

The minister envisaged the dynamic initiative following extensive deliberations with the Commissioner of Excise Rakesh Kumar.

The manufacturing/bottling plants were directed to produce high quality hand sanitizer (ENA based) on WHO recommended formulation containing pure ENA, glycerine & other permitted chemical contents.

Accordingly, the following manufacturing/bottling plants were directed to produce 2,40,000 (two lakh forty thousand) litres of hand sanitizers packed in bottles of different sizes to supply to the National Health Mission, Assam & Assam Police at a very marginal & cost effective rate of Rs. 180/- per litre, the commercial market value of which stands at Rs. 3,000/- per litre, PRO to State Excise Minister Sailendra Pandey informed this in a release.

The following manufacturing/bottling plants are entrusted with producing hand sanitizers:

  1. M/s. Centenary Distilleries & Bottling Plant, Boragaon, Guwahati, Kamrup(M).
  2. M/s. Associates Alcohol and Beverage Company, Garmur, Jorhat.
  3. M/s. Surma Distillery Pvt. Ltd., Silchar, Cachar.
  4. M/s. Brahmaputra Biochem Pvt. Ltd. Chhaygaon, Kamrup.
  5. M/s. Radiant Manufactures Pvt. Ltd. Khatkhati, Karbi-Anglong.
  6. M/s. Pragati Liquor Industries, Changsari, Kamrup.
  7. M/s. Rooby Spirit. Pvt. Ltd, Panikhaity, Kamrup (M).
  8. M/s. Aroma India Pvt. Ltd. Amingaon, Kamrup.
  9. M/s. Spey Bottlers. Pvt. Ltd. Azara, Kamrup (M).
  10. M/s. North East Distilleries Pvt. Ltd., Khanapara,Kamrup (M).
  11. M/s Seven Sister Trade & Distilleries (P) Ltd, EPIP, Amingaon,Kamrup.

It is to be noted that the total combined quantity of such hand sanitizer delivered to the National Health Mission, Assam and Assam Police till date stands at 2,14,908 (two lakh fourteen thousand nine hundred & eight) litres.

Notably, such plants have also immediately started producing & delivering hand sanitizer to the Assam Excise Department free of cost under their Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) campaign.

To this effect, a target of two lakh litres of hand sanitizers has been set to be delivered under this CSR campaign & against which 7,700 litres have been received by the Assam Excise Department till date and the same is being distributed among the targeted groups.

In the state’s cabinet meeting chaired by chief minister Sarbananda Sonowal held on April 7, 2020, it was decided that after the successful production-delivery completion in the first phase to the frontline agencies, such sanitizers will be released in open market for sale at a very low cost as specified by the state government for the general people.

In this context, it is noteworthy to mention that despite the massive disruption in the production and supply chain as well as the closure of liquor shops in the state caused by the Government’s lockdown and other restrictive measures in view of the threat posed by the COVID-19, the revenue collection of the Excise department of Assam for the financial year 2019-2020 stands at Rs. 2574.04 crores which also includes VAT on liquor. This figure is, however, provisional and the final revenue collection figures are expected to be higher.

The apparent loss of revenue suffered by the Excise department due to the current lockdown measures in force is estimated at Rs.371.00 crores based on the recent trend of collection.