MANGALDAI: Can a constable of the Excise department perform his duty without wearing his official uniform, that too without the knowledge or the permission of his superiors? This has been seen in Darrang district with the seizure of a truck loaded with smuggled India Made Foreign Liquor (IMFL) on Wednesday afternoon at Kharupetia in Darrang district.
Darrang Police on Wednesday seized a truck laden with several hundred cartons of IMFL manufactured in neighbouring Arunachal Pradesh, allegedly for illegal transportation. The truck with registration number WB 25 J 3331 was loaded with around 400 cartons of liquor made in Arunachal Pradesh and was moving towards Muzaffarpur in Bihar. On being intercepted by the police, the driver of the truck produced some fake road challans for transportation of rice. However, on inquiry it was found to be cartons of India Made Foreign Liquor hidden beneath some sacks of rice brans. The market value of the seized liquor is estimated at around Rs 5 lakh. The police have detained the truck driver, Raju Shah of Muzaffarpur in Bihar and further interrogation is on for more information till filing of the report.
Meanwhile, local sources claimed that two constables of Darrang Excise Department in plain clothes detained the driver along with the truck for around two hours but the excise staff duo, one of whom is known for his controversial practices, had neither seized the goods nor informed police. While the duo was busy in bargaining with the truck driver, the police arrived at the scene and seized the IMFL laden truck. This is the third case in Darrang and neighbouring Udalguri district in the last fortnight where large quantities of illegally transported IMFL made in Arunachal Pradesh have been seized. The Rowta Police in Udalguri district, in two successful operations, had seized two trucks loaded with such smuggled IMFL.