Bhatu Basti’s illegal liquor vend: Kingpin identified

EOI IMPACT
Report by: 
ROOPA LALL
Port Blair
17 Mar 2017

With the dawn on March 17, the South Andaman Police joined forces to nab the main accused behind allegations of illegal sale of liquor at Bhatu Basti. Acting on the reports published in The Echo of India, the Pahargaon Police raided the site near Bhatu Basti at around 11.30 am but found everything in order. “After the raid, we found nothing illegal in the area. The accused may have received some tip off following which they all fled from the spot. No unlawful activities were noticed nor any illegal products were found at the house and shop. The region is now in our radar and such illegal activities, if any, will not be tolerated,” said the Dy.SP, South Andaman, Mr Nishant Gupta speaking to this Correspondent
According to information, the Police has identified the kingpin behind the illegal liquor racket operating at Bhatu Basti. One Murugeshan and his wife Jay Lalitha used to operate an illegal liquor vend from the shop in violation of the excise policy, but the cops found no such illegal activity today.  The kingpin, according to sources, even obtained a Bar licenses in the name of Kerala Bar in the month of December last year. The accused was also booked recently for indulging in bootlegging.
A police official of PS Pahargaon, who didn’t wish his name to be quoted, said that the Police Station ensures proper bandobast to prevent all illegal activities particularly on Dry Days like Holi. “Special vigil is being maintained by the excise and CID teams. Following tip offs and active tracking, the teams under the Pahargaon Police have registered 47 case of excise, which is 9 times of the cases registered last year in the same period. Altogether, 317 bottles, 160 ltrs of IMFL and 204 ltrs of Handia have been seized by PS Pahargaon this year,” the official said.
The Echo of India, in its edition on March 17, reported how despite strict vigil by the law enforcement agencies notwithstanding, an unauthorised liquor vend near the Bus Stand at Bhatu Basti close to the Parking Lot was reported to be operating in open violation of the regulations. Our sources said that the vend operated by a woman made available all sorts of liquor brands (which otherwise has exhausted in almost all legal Bars in the city), mainly on Dry Days and during the period from 5 am to 11 am.