An effort to curb liquor smuggling from neighboring states during the lockout, Maharashtra has sealed its borders and deployed enough manpower on a dozen checkposts, an official said on Friday.
The move by the Excise Department has come in the wake of lifting some coronovirus-induced streams, including allowing the reopening of liquor shops. As the demand for liquor in Maharashtra has increased, there is a possibility of liquor smuggling by inter-state organized syndicates, the official said.
He said that in view of the danger from such syndicates, the Excise Department has deployed its flying squads and vigilance teams in adjoining districts with neighboring states.
To avoid any smuggling activity during this period, we have increased our vigilance on 12 checkposts and sealed borders with adjoining states, ”he said, adding that this would help prevent illegal transport of liquor or spirits. ”
With the help of local police, the Excise Department has initiated action against persons involved in the smuggling and transportation of alcohol, he said. Since the lockdown came into force at the end of March, at least 4,829 crimes have occurred for illegal liquor transport and 438 vehicles have been seized.
Besides, at least 2,104 people have been arrested so far in such cases, the official said, adding that Rs 12.63 crore has been seized since the closure of alcohol and other paraphernalia.
The Excise Department has started a control room, where people can give information related to the illegal manufacture or sale of liquor.