Delhi Excise Department Runs Road Roller Over 5500 Litres Of Illegal Bottled Alcohol

by Dikshita
Delhi Excise Department Runs Road Roller Over 5500 Litres Of Illegal Bottled Alcohol

The Excise department of the Delhi government on Saturday destroyed 5,516 litres of smuggled illicit liquor seized by the enforcement teams in recent months, officials said. As much as 3,267 litres of illicit liquor was destroyed in Mayur Vihar, 1,285 litres in Sarita Vihar and 964 litres in Tilak Nagar, according to the Excise Dept.

A total of 1,000 liquor bottles were spread on concrete stretches and a road roller was used to crush them. Officials stated that enforcement activity will accelerate once Delhi Police employees are assigned to the Excise Intelligence Bureau (EIB).

The Seizure Of Alcohol Bottles In Delhi

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A senior Excise department official said that the seizure of liquor that’s smuggled into Delhi and its destruction is a routine process. In August, 29 police officers stationed at EIB returned to Delhi Police. 7 sub-inspectors, 16 head constables and 6 constables consisted of these 29 police officers.

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These police officers continued to work at EIB even after their deputation period was up. They stated that the Delhi Police will hopefully dispatch additional people soon to increase enforcement activity. LG VK Saxena suggested a CBI investigation that was conducted soon after. The CBI investigation was conducted into alleged anomalies in the execution of the now-cancelled Excise Policy 2021–2022.

The Excise department also suggested that Delhiites should purchase alcohol from the national capital. This is because the national capital shares a porous border with the neighbouring states. He added that they must avoid buying in large quantities from NCR cities like Ghaziabad, Noida, and Gurugram. However, it will be considered illicit liquor if they carry more than one bottle across the border.

New Liquor Policies Enforced By Delhi Excise Department Since August Delhi Excise Department

Picture credits: Instagram/ Manish SisodiaThe Delhi government announced in August 2022 that only government-authorised vendors can sell alcohol. The Delhi Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia also announced the repeal of the Delhi Excise Policy 2021-22.

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Before November 2021, both government and private vendors were authorised to sell alcohol.  Under the policy, 849 new private liquor vendors were supposed to open in the city from November 17, 2021.

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