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More than 10,000 bottles of illicit alcohol destroyed in Delhi: the excise service

The Delhi government’s excise department on Saturday destroyed more than 10,000 bottles containing 5,516 liters of contraband alcohol seized by its law enforcement teams over the past few months, officials said.

According to the Excise Department, 3,267 liters of illicit alcohol were destroyed in Mayur Vihar, 1,285 liters in Sarita Vihar and 964 liters in Tilak Nagar.

Large numbers of liquor bottles were spread on concrete sections and a steamroller was used to crush them, they said.

“The seizure of alcohol smuggled into Delhi and its destruction is a routine exercise,” a senior excise department official said.

Law enforcement activity by the department will intensify once Delhi Police personnel are delegated to its Bureau of Excise Intelligence (BEI), the officials said.

Thirty-nine police officers deployed at the EIB were repatriated to Delhi Police in August. The move follows a CBI investigation recommended by LG VK Saxena into alleged irregularities in the implementation of the now discontinued Excise Policy 2021-22.

Among the repatriated officials were seven sub-inspectors, 16 chief constables and the rest were constables.

These police officers were working at the EIB even after completing their term of office. It is hoped that the Delhi police will send fresh personnel in the coming days so that the crackdown activities resume, they said.

Delhi shares a very porous border with Uttar Pradesh and Haryana with multiple entry points.

The Excise Department has suggested Delhi residents to buy alcohol in the nation’s capital and avoid buying in large quantities in NCR cities like Ghaziabad, Noida and Gurugram as it will be considered as illicit alcohol if they are carrying more than one bottle.

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