From our Correspondent
MANGALDAI, May 31: The Darrang district unit of AJYCP, Electronic Media Association of Darrang and different social organizations, have appreciated the action taken by the Darrang Excise department against the alleged illegal functioning of a retail outlet of Indian Made Foreign Liquor (IMFL) situated in the heart of Mangaldai town.
It has been a long-standing public demand before the Deputy Commissioner, Darrang and the Excise authority to make an impartial and thorough inquiry into the legitimacy of the functioning of the retail liquor shop at State Bank of India campus and its godown at another location along the LNB road of the town and close to a religious institution. It has been alleged that the licensee owner of the liquor shop, a senior leader of the Darrang District Congress, in sinister nexus with a section of corrupt officers and staff of the Excise department, had been able to make good money out of illegal sale of liquor from its godown not under any CCTV monitoring facility.
These anomalies prevailing in the business establishments filly have been proved in a recent inspection by the Excise authority and this led to serve show cause notice to the licensee. However, the licensee failed to submit any satisfactory reply in this regard within the stipulated time compelling the authority to seal both the retail outlet and the godown of the wine shop as informed to this correspondent by Executive Magistrate and in-charge Superintendent of Excise of Darrang, Pallabi Sarma Choudhury.
The bold and timely action just at the beginning of a new government led by Chief Minister Sarbanda Sonowal will definitely percolate a strong message to the dishonest liquor traders and excise officials of the region, said Chandan Saikia , president of AJYCP , Darrang district unit.