NTUCT supports drive against liquor
Dimapur, Feb. 25 (EMN): The Naga Tribal Union Chumoukedima Town (NTUCT) supports the Dimapur Naga Students’ Union’s (DNSU) stand against the “rampant sale of illegal liquor in nook and corners of Dimapur town.”
The union issued a press release on Tuesday alleging that “the hardest part to contain the menace as per our own experience was excise and police personnel patronising the bootleggers” and ‘loose national workers going door to door collecting cash from the sellers although they were not permitted by the authority.’
“The NTUCT extend full support and congratulate the DNSU for coming out strongly against the rampant sale of illegal liquor in nook and corners of Dimapur Town calling 7 days’ notice to the concern authority to either strongly implement the NLPT Act or DNSU chart out its own course of action,” the union stated.
The NTUCT stated that checking, frisking and raiding of sale of illegal liquor is a regular affair within the jurisdiction.
“The end result was that many families indulging in this nefarious trade to support their families were either expelled or served last and final warning. Vehicles used for supplying such contraband were seized and heavy penalties were imposed from both the driver and owner,” the press release stated.
The group expressed appreciation to stakeholders for their cooperation. “A real success will be possible only if public in general and NGO’s strongly come out together. We strongly encourage DNSU leaders to march ahead and be prepared to go for an extra mile to protect their future. Our young upcoming leaders in the like of DNSU calling for total ban of illegal and spurious liquor is highly appreciated and call upon all conscious citizens to support and to cooperate with them,” the organisation stated. The organisation also alleged that government departments were ‘patronising the bootleggers.’
“The hardest part to contain the menace as per our own experience was excise and police personnel patronising the bootleggers by simply accepting cash on regular basis,” the union stated. ‘Loose national workers going door to door collecting cash from the sellers although they were not permitted by the authority.’
The union stated that a ‘very powerful syndicate is at work.’ Further, the NTUCT said to have “also come across a glaring and alarming modus operandi of truck loads of liquor plying on daily basis escorted together with army convoy make the state police unable to detain them.”
The organisation also demanded that the ‘NBCC call for a serious deliberation involving all the stakeholders and come out strongly with such a resolution whether to give more tooth to the NLTP Act or to relax it all together by enacting a law to be strictly followed by the vendors.’
That way, spurious liquor, which is harmful for human consumption, would be done away with, the union stated. It is ‘101% certain’ that any acceptable resolution shall be ‘happily acknowledged’ by the state government of the day, the NTUCT said.