Man arrested
Bipul Barua, a grocer, who has been arrested by police in Mangaldai town on September 2, 2018. Image - Northeast Now

One 49-year-old Bipul Barua, who is a grocer and a resident of Ward No 7 of Mangaldai town in Darrang district, has been arrested by police in Mangaldai town on Sunday.

Barua has been arrested on charges of illegally storing and selling illegal Indian-made foreign liquor (IMFL).

As per sources, the arrested trader was produced before the court on Sunday.

A police team of the town branch of Mangaldai Police Station led by Deputy Superintendent of Police (DSP), Darrang, Amit Kr Hojai and Sub-Inspector Prem Ankur Hazarika on Saturday night conducted a raid in the house and business establishment of the accused, Barua.

During the raid, the police team was able to seize a consignment of nearly one hundred sealed bottles of liquor, each filled with 180 ml IMFL.

Later, the police handed over the seized consignment of IMFL along with the accused to the Excise officials.

Accordingly, the Excise officials registered a case in this connection and sent the accused to the judicial custody through the court , as reported by an Excise official.

It may be mentioned that despite the State Government’s ban on the sale and consumption of IMFL brought from other States, a truckload of illegal liquor was seized along the Assam-Nagaland inter-State border in East Karbi Anglong district in June this year.

The development came after the Khatkhati police seized a truck bearing registration number RJ 07GD 0067 from a parking lot in Bokajan area along Assam-Nagaland border.

The truck was loaded with over 560 cases of IMFL and was meant for sale in Arunachal Pradesh. The approximate face value of the seized consignment is said to be around Rs 10 lakh.

Earlier in July 2017, the Excise Department sleuths seized a truckload of the illegally transported liquor after the department detected a severe drop in the sale of IMFL in the wine shops bordering Nagaland.

Mayukh Goswami

Mayukh Goswami is Northeast Now Correspondent in Mangaldai. He can be reached at:

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