4, 290 litres of illicit arrack seized in Karur

hindu logoThursday, Jan 15, 2004By Our Special Correspondent

The police conducted a series of surprise raids in several villages in the district from January 8 to 13, seized 4,290 litres of illicit arrack and 10,565 litres of fermented wash and arrested 220 anti-social elements. A total of 221 cases have been booked.

Special teams, under the supervision of the Superintendent of Police, Sandeep Mittal, conducted raids in the black-listed villages of Periyandankoil, Tirukkampuliyur, Viswanathapuri, Pallapalayam, Nanjakalaikurichi, Rajapuram, Thanthoni, Puliyur, Manavasi, Kattalai, Vayalur, Tiruchapur, Manmangalam, Nerur, Velayuthampalayam and Thottakurichi. The teams also seized three mopeds used for transport of the illicit arrack.

The Additional SP (Prohibition Enforcement Wing), P. Jagannathan, the Deputy SP, V. Muthusamy (Karur), and A. Nithiyanandam (Kulithalai), 10 Inspectors, 15 Sub-Inspectors and 100 constables were involved in the raids.

A police release said a record number of 6,286 cases illicit arrack distillation were registered during 2003, and 4,269 men and 1,808 women were taken into custody. As many as 41 notorious distillers, including a dozen women, were booked under the Bootleggers Act.

During this year so far, 312 case of illicit distillation were registered and 308 distillers, including 94 women, arrested. About 7,640 litres of illicit arrack and 13,060 litres of fermented wash were destroyed. Four persons were detained under the Bootleggers Act.

Mr. Sandeep Mittal said the police would conduct surprise raids at regular intervals to put an end to this menace, and warned the illicit distillers of stringent action. The people could pass on information on illicit distillation and sale of arrack to the police over (04324) 227799, 257999, 256106 and 256973, he added.

Published by Sandeep Mittal, I.P.S.

Shri Sandeep Mittal, an IPS Officer of 1995 Batch, completed B. Sc. (Honours) Geology with University Gold Medal and M.Sc. Applied Geology with University Gold Medal, both from University of Delhi. He earned Degree of Master’s in Police Management from Osmania University, Diploma in Cyber Security and Postgraduate Diploma in Cyber Crime Investigation and Cyber Forensics from Gujarat Forensic Science University, Gandhinagar . He is a Postgraduate in Cyber Defence and Information Assurance from Cranfield University, UK. He conducted a number of experiments in people friendly policing to bridge the divide between police and public. He headed the Security of Asia Pacific’s largest prison i.e. Tihar Prisons, New Delhi. While serving in Narcotics Control Bureau under Ministry of Home Affairs, Government of India as Zonal Director he was instrumental in liquidating a number of National and International drug syndicates and developed his skills in cyber crime investigation. He is a Chevening Cyber Security Fellow, UK; a Commonwealth Scholar in Internet Law & Policy a t University of Strathclyde, UK; an Associate of Institute of Defence Studies and Analyses, New Delhi and a Life Member of United Services Institution of India, New Delhi; Indian Society of Criminology, India and Indian Institute of Public Administration, New Delhi. He is member, Editorial Board of Indian Journal of Criminology and Criminalistics, a peer reviewed journal. He has published research papers in reputed peer reviewed Journals.

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