Telangana DGP Anjani Kumar stated on Saturday that better coordination between the state police, Excise, Railways, and Transport departments is required to prevent liquor smuggling into Telangana from the border and northern states.
Anjana Kumar was speaking at a review meeting with State Prohibition and Excise Commissioner Sarfraz Ahmed, Additional DG Railways Shivdhar Reddy (CID Division), Additional DGP Mahesh Bhagwat, Additional DGP Sanjay Kumar Jain (law and order), IG Shah Nawaz Kasim, and Intelligence DIG Karthikeya, among others, on Saturday.
During the meeting, Telangana DGP Anjani Kumar stated that while illegal liquor manufacturing and ‘gudumbas’ (illicit liquor) have been prevented in the state, illegal liquor transportation from other states must be stopped.
On the basis of the information, action is being taken against illegal liquor smugglers, and further coordination between various departments can prevent illegal smuggling, he added.
According to a press release from Kumar’s office, Additional DG Railways Shivdhar Reddy stated that the Government Railway Police will also provide full cooperation.
Telangana CID Additional DG Mahesh Bhagwat revealed that 27,883 cases of illegal liquor have been registered in Telangana since 2014. He stated that 161 people have been charged with smuggling liquor from other states. He said that non-duty paid liquor is being illegally transported to our state primarily from Delhi, Chandigarh, Karnataka, Maharashtra, Chhattisgarh, Haryana, and Andhra Pradesh.
It is also stated that the PD Act has been imposed on 15 people who frequently commit illegalities. However, compared to the past, Prohibition Excise cases have significantly decreased.
According to Prohibition Excise Commissioner Sarfraz Ahmed, illegal liquor is coming from Goa, Haryana, and Chandigarh due to price differences, and illegal entry of liquor has become an organized crime. He stated that this is having a significant impact on the state’s revenue.
Ahmed stated that tourists from Karnataka and Goa are also illegally transporting liquor via inter-state buses and tourist vehicles. In addition, he stated that there is an issue on the Nagpur-Ballarsha and Nizamabad railway lines.
The release also stated that Police, Transport, Railway Police and State Police have been asked to work together to prevent this illegal liquor trafficking. Intelligence DIG Karthikeya revealed that, in collaboration with border states, they have identified and prepared a list of those who transport illegal liquor from Punjab, Chandigarh, Goa, Delhi, and other states.
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