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Hooch: Bill on death penalty cleared

Following the Ahmedabad hooch tragedy,the Gujarat Assembly passed a Bill proposing stringent punishment....

Written by Express News Service | Gandhinagar |
July 29, 2009 2:53:14 am

Following the Ahmedabad hooch tragedy,the Gujarat Assembly passed a Bill proposing stringent punishment,up to death penalty,to deal with illicit liquor trade. The Bombay Prohibition (Gujarat Amendment) Bill 2009 was passed with a majority vote,even as the Congress abstained from proceedings.

The government has sought the death penalty for those manufacturing or selling hooch,whose consumption results in death. A new section,65A,seeks punishment for the manufacture of spurious liquor. The amendment says that those indulging in manufacture,transportation,stocking and sale of illicit spirits shall be liable for punishment between seven to 10 years .

Section,94A,seeks a year’s punishment for failure in duty by prohibition officials or police officers .

“We have taken a historic step to amend the prohibition law and to make it very stringent,” said minister of state for home Amit Shah.

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