The State DGP of Telangana, Anjani Kumar, has asked the State Police, Excise, Railways, and Transport Departments to work together to stop the smuggling of liquor into Telangana from other states. The DGP held a review meeting to discuss the prevention of illegal liquor supply. The meeting was attended by various officials, including the State Prohibition and Excise Commissioner.
Anjani Kumar said that illegal liquor manufacturing and Gudumba have been prevented in the state, but illegal transportation of liquor from other states has been reported. He warned that strict action is being taken against smugglers of illegal liquor. CID Additional DG Mahesh Bhagwat revealed that 27,883 cases have been registered against illegal liquor in Telangana since 2014 and cases have been registered against 161 people who smuggle liquor from other states.
Non-duty paid liquor is being illegally transported to Telangana from several states, including Delhi, Chandigarh, Karnataka, Maharashtra, Chhattisgarh, Haryana, and Andhra Pradesh. The PD Act has been imposed on 15 people who often commit illegalities. Due to the difference in prices, illegal liquor is coming from Goa, Haryana, and Chandigarh. This has become organized crime and is impacting the revenue of the state.
Prohibition and Excise Commissioner Sarfraz Ahmed said that tourists from Karnataka and Goa states are bringing liquor illegally through inter-state buses and tourist vehicles. There is also a problem on the Nagpur-Ballarsha and Nizamabad railway lines. Police, Transport, Railway Police, and State Police have been asked to work together to prevent this illegal liquor traffic. Intelligence DIG Karthikeya said that they have identified those who transport illegal liquor from Punjab, Chandigarh, Goa, Delhi, and other states.
Excise Department Joint Commissioner Syed Qureshi, RPF Commandant Debosmita Banerjee, Railways SP Sheikh Salima, SPs Vijay Kumar, Venkateshwarlu, Snigdareddy, and others participated in this meeting.