Sparks fly as CADA volunteers launch drive at drinking joints
STAFF REPORTER IMPHAL, 10th Feb:
A huge quantity of Indian made foreign liquors, local brew and beers was seized during a drive at hotels located along the western side of Kangjeibung (Pologroud) by volunteers of Coalition Against Drugs and Alcohol (CADA) on Saturday.
At about 10 am Saturday, volunteers of CADA, both male and female, numbering around 60 carried out the drive at rice hotels located along the western side of Pologround. During the drive, huge quantity of liquors mainly Indian made foreign liquors, local brew and beers which were found sold inside the hotels were seized.
An unruly scene ensued during the drive after one of the hotel owners told the volunteers of CADA that the sale was made by paying money to authorities concerned and prevented them (volunteers) from entering the hotel by holding a knife in his hands.
Volunteers of CADA informed media persons that a sub-inspector of the Manipur police prevented them from carrying out the drive and scuffle broke out between the volunteers and the SI wherein a lady volunteer fell down on the ground. However, the SI managed to escape after more volunteers rushed in.
In another incident, a hotel owner escaped from the scene by shutting down his hotel. Later, personnel of Excise and Manipur police arrived and forced the owner to open his hotel, where huge quantities of liquor were found and were seized by CADA volunteers.
All the seized liquors were subsequently destroyed at the office complex of Excise department, Lamphelpat.
Speaking to media persons in this connection, CADA finance secretary Takhellambam Geetchandra informed that though Manipur is declared as a dry state with imposition of Manipur Liquor Prohibition Act, liquor are, however, being sold and made easily available to the public thereby causing health hazards to the people in addition to creating various unwanted incidents in the society. Therefore, CADA carried out drive at the hotels located on the western side of the historic Pologround and seized the liquors.
He alleged that the government is giving free hand in selling liquor in the area. Though it is not the duty of CADA to carry out such drives, it was intentionally done so to make the government and law enforcement agencies realise their duties.