Excise dept raids illicit distillation hubs in Jammu

JAMMU: In order to curb the menace of illicit distillation of liquor, illegal smuggling of liquor from other states, the J&K Excise Department has intensified raids/ checking of various locations/premises to check the offences/ crimes being committed.
According to a statement, raids have been conducted in district Jammu, Rajouri and Kathua to arrest the menace of illicit distillation. “Raids were conducted in upper Saktachak, Keengdayal, Dhabwaland adjoining areas of Kathua district and in the process more than seven hundred kilo grams of Lahan and thirty bottles of illicit liquor has been recovered and destroyed,” an official spokesman said.
He said in Rajouri the Excise Team conducted raids in Sasalkote, Mohra, Sagote, Shapur, Sawni, Dhanma and other adjoining areas. “In the process three persons were arrested under section 48 of the J&K Excise Act, 1958,” he said.
The arrested are identified as Rajesh Kumar S/O BehariLal of Kellar, Sanvi Devi w/o Kamal Sharma of Sagote and Kanta Devi w/o JeetLal of Shahpur. “The Rajouri excise team recovered three hundred and fifty kgs of lahan and seventy bottles of illicit liqour which was destroyed on the spot,” the sp[okesman said.
He said in Jammu, raids were conducted in Bishna and RS Pura areas and in the process two persons were arrested under section 48 of the J&K Excise Act, 1958.
The arrested were identified as Beena Devi w/o Late Bachan Lal r/o Kariel Manhasa and Geeta w/o Subhash alias Bittu r/o Shiekhpura, Bishna. “The raiding teams also destroyed naturally growing bhang on state and private land in Kathua and Jammu districts respectively. It is for the first time that in Jammu division the Excise department has started the process of destruction of wildly growing Bhang,” he added.