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Illicit booze factories big trouble for state, Punjab admits in SC | India News


NEW DELHI: PunjabBhagwant Mann’s government on Monday admitted before the Supreme Court that the state faces a major challenge in tackling the large number of illegal alcohol facilities and said although it had closed more than 13,000 such establishments in the past two months, but new ones have sprung up. .
Senior supporter Ajit Sinha, representing the Punjab government, went to great lengths to dispel the bench impression of Judges MR Shah and CT Ravikumar that “illegal alcohol production units appear to present in every corner of the state.”
The bench warns this is a big problem for the state with international borders, as it is easy for outsiders to spoil the state’s youth with illegal drugs and alcohol.
Sinha said, “The actions of the state government and the police are now on the right track. Over the past two months, more than 13,000 illegal units have been destroyed. Around Rs 20 crore has been collected in fines from offenders. We have established a SITWith the support of the police, are conducting house-to-house searches to detect illegal breweries and destroy them.”
The bench said don’t wait for another tragedy to happen and that the state must take proactive action against illegal alcohol production. It asks Sinha to impress on the state government using the fines collected to carry out powerful awareness campaigns against contraband and counterfeit alcohol, and to increase the workforce involved in detecting illegal drugs. illegal brewing. It also requires the Punjab government to notify within a week of specific steps it has taken to prevent the illegal production of alcohol for domestic and commercial purposes.
SC on 21 November disapproved of the indifference of the Punjab government in combating the alcohol mafia and those responsible for the 2020 hooch tragedy that claimed the lives of 120 people in Tarn TaranAmritsar and Gurdaspur.

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