A total of 5,469 bottles of Indian-made foreign liquor (IMFL) worth Rs 56 lakh, seized by the officials of Mizoram excise and narcotics department, were disposed of on Tuesday.

A brief function was organised in this regard at Punchawng on the outskirts of Aizawl, which was graced by state excise and narcotics minister Dr. K. Beichhua.

Speaking at the programme, Dr. Beichhua said the state government was sticking to its poll promises in 2018 and turned it into a reality by enacting the Mizoram Liquor Prohibition Act, 2019.

He said alcoholism is a social evil that destroys lives, families and societies.

The fight against alcohol is not just the responsibilities of the government, the NGOs and churches but it is the responsibility of all citizens and they must be an active participant in the fight against this social evil, he added.

The liquor bottles were seized after the prohibition law came into effect in May 2019.

A total of 5,469 bottles of IMFL, which included whiskey, rum and beer, were destroyed on Wednesday.

The market rate of these contraband items was estimated to be approximately Rs. 56,56,400.

Earlier on Tuesday, Dr. Beichhua, who also holds the social welfare department portfolio, launched the Nasha Mukt Bharat Campaign (Drugs Free India Campaign) at the Conference Hall of Mizoram New Secretariat Complex (MINECO).

This campaign will cover Aizawl district and a number of social media initiatives have been meticulously planned during the campaign targeted at the youth to take the message of drugs-free India as widely as possible and to educate the vulnerable sections on the harmful effects of drugs.

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