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Hooch deaths: Delhi Cabinet holds meet for action plan

Following the deaths of nearly 30 people after reportedly consuming spurious liquor in the Capital since last month,the Delhi government has decided to step up measures to check the availability of spurious liquor in the city.

Following the deaths of nearly 30 people after reportedly consuming spurious liquor in the Capital since last month,the Delhi government has decided to step up measures to check the availability of spurious liquor in the city.

In a cabinet meeting held on Tuesday,Chief Secretary Rakesh Mehta has been authorised to formulate an action plan with the Delhi Police,the Excise department,the intelligence wing of the Excise department,the Home department and the Crime Branch.

Mehta said the Excise department has already been instructed to collect samples of liquor from across the city and make stringent checks on every batch of liquor before it is released to vendors for sale. A round-the-clock vigil of inter-state liquor movement will also be undertaken to ensure spurious liquor does not reach the city’s vendors.

Finance and Excise minister A K Walia,meanwhile,has asked the Delhi Police to expedite the report on the Raghubir Nagar deaths. While nearly 14 people lost their lives in Dabri area last month,16 people died in Raghubir Nagar till Monday after reportedly consuming illicit alcohol.

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Mehta added the Delhi government will approach the Centre again on the Delhi Excise Bill 2008,which would replace the Punjab Excise Act 1914. The bill was drafted last year in May and sent to the Union government for approval. Under the new bill,bootlegging will be a non-bailable offence. The bill also stressed on setting up an Excise Intelligence Bureau to enforce strict penalties on violators.

First published on: 08-04-2009 at 11:47:06 pm
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