At least four women have been arrested for brewing local liquor in Manipur’s Thoubal district as the government intensifies its massive crackdown on drugs and alcohol in view of the upcoming by-elections.
Apart from large quantities of utensils and materials used in brewing local liquor, the police recovered as many as 250 litres of local liquor, 150 litres of partly processed liquor and a large quantity of fermented rice. The police arrested the four women allegedly engaged in brewing liquor on a large scale in their respective homes.
To ensure smooth conduct of the by-polls amid the surging positive cases of COVID-19, police along with other law enforcing agencies have been conducting a series of mopping operations as well as a crackdown on drugs and alcohol in the district, particularly constituencies in Thoubal district –Lilong AC and Wanging-Tentha AC where by-polls will be conducted on November.
The arrested women along with the seized liquor and articles were later handed over to the district excise office, SP Dr S Ibomcha of Thoubal district police said. The seized local liquor would worth around Rs 17,000, a source in the state excise department added
The SP said that the district police along with police commando personnel of the district launched the drive at some villages in Salungpham area of the district as a part of measures to maintain law and orders in view of the upcoming by-poll in the district.
“We are conducting the drive since the announcement of the by-poll date and will continue the same in other places of the district too in the coming days,” he said.
On the other hand, the enforcement team formed by the excise department has also seized a large quantity of local liquor transported in the district today.
Election Commission of India has issued the notification for the by-elections to the five assembly constituencies spread over three districts of the state was issued on Tuesday.
The constituencies where the by-election will be held on November 7 are Wangoi AC in Imphal West district, Lilong and Wangjing-Tentha AC in Thoubal district, Saitu (ST reserved) AC in Kangpokpi district and Singhat (ST reserved) AC in Churachandpur district.
Nomination papers for candidature can now be submitted to RO of the respective district on Wednesday but no one filed has filed a nomination on the day. The last for filing of nomination papers is October 20 while the last date for withdrawal of candidature is till 3 pm, October 23.
The scrutiny of the nomination papers is scheduled at 11 am on October 21, a day after the last for submission of nomination papers, at the respective district headquarters and sub-divisional headquarters of the constituencies.
Polling in the five Assembly constituencies will take place between 7 am to 5 pm on November 7. The counting of the votes will be on November 10 and the whole process of the by-election is scheduled to complete by November 12.
Reference: Nagaland Post
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