Agartala: Tripura is concerned over the proliferation of the illicit liquor business following the hooch tragedy that claimed 159 lives in Jorhat and Golaghat districts of Assam.
The pattern of consumption of illicit liquor is almost similar in Tripura especially in the tea garden areas. The State also witnessed a similar tragedy last year when 13 persons fell victim at the Sarala Tea Garden in North Tripura.
Initially, it was suspected that the people fell ill due to contamination in water but subsequent investigation revealed that illicit liquor was behind the incident. Immediately after the incident, some action was initiated against illicit liquor in the area but as time went on, all anti-liquor operations subsided it is now rampant as ever.
Liquors like rice beer are brewed in almost every tribal house in the State for own consumption. Some of it is sent to the urban centres where the contamination takes place. The rate of contamination is much higher in the tea garden areas. Though the State has launched an all-out war against narcotics but the administration has turned a blind eye over the illicit liquor menace. According to sources, breweries of illicit liquors have come up in many villages.
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