The Joint Excise Commissioner of Meerut Zone has instructed authorities to take action against liquor dealers in the national capital if they are found to be selling excessive quantities of alcohol to consumers. He held a meeting with representatives of liquor dealers in Delhi on Monday, with officials from Gautam Budh Nagar and Ghaziabad.
A meeting was held to check the illegal liquor trafficking from Delhi to Uttar Pradesh. The meeting was chaired by Mahendra Singh, Joint Excise Commissioner of Meerut Zone.
Representatives of Delhi liquor dealers have been advised not to sell large quantities of liquor to individuals. “According to the excise policy in Delhi, a shop can sell a maximum of nine liters of liquor per person. But we caught a few with a large amount of alcohol. If anyone is caught in UP with excess liquor, the Excise Department will file an FIR against the suspects and the liquor dealers, ”said Gautam Budh City Excise Officer RB Singh.
The Joint Excise Commissioner has requested liquor store representatives to stop giving discounts on liquor at shops near the Delhi-UP border.
Meanwhile, the Department of Excise in the Gautam Budh Nagar district has reported a 40% drop in liquor sales revenue in the last 45 days.
“There are about 40 liquor shops in Gautam Budh city near the Delhi border. In the last month, liquor stores have reported a 40% drop in revenues since liquor dealers started offering 50% discount on liquor,” Singh said.
To prevent the smuggling of liquor from Delhi to UP, the District Excise Department has opened three checkposts where excise officers have been deployed on a permanent basis.
Early on Saturday morning, the Excise Department arrested three suspects who smuggled liquor from Delhi to Noida.
“The three were arrested during routine vehicle inspections in Sector 14A. He was carrying two boxes of foreign whiskey. An FIR has been filed under Section 60/63/72 of the Excise Act. Apart from the three suspects, the seller and director of a liquor store in Delhi, which bought the liquor, have also been named in the FIR, ”Singh said.
Officials of the Excise Department in Delhi said they would review the directions issued by the Joint Excise Commissioner of Meerut. “We will review the directions to check the legality of such matters and action will be taken accordingly,” Pankaj Bhatnagar, Assistant Commissioner (Enforcement), Department of Excise, Delhi Government said.