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IMFL worth Rs 2 cr roadrolled Friday, November 30, 2001
SOURCE - TIMES NEWS NETWORK
BHAT (Gandhinagar): The Ahmedabad police on Wednesday plied two road rollers and one JCB over Indian Made Foreign Liquor (IMFL), worth Rs 1.93 crore they seized over the years, near the Narmada canal in Bhat village. This is the third such operation in the state in the past six months.
The stock from 25 police stations unloaded here included vague brands like 'Bullet' and 'Black Velvet' beer, 'Contessa' and 'Black Stallion' whisky. Spouts of liquor shot up as the iron wheels rolled over 64,569 bottles of the intoxicant, raising a stink in the area.
Some attractive cases even had 'free gifts inside' stickers on them, but there were no gifts inside. One had a slogan, 'Do everything, but overdo nothing!' According to prohibition officials, free gifts are banned even on official sale of liquor in Gujarat as it amounted to 'brand promotion', but one Royal Challenge whisky carton came with a free gift: an expensive pen!
The maximum quantum came from Shaherkotda police station (22,591 bottles) followed by Dariapur (11,005) and Madhavpura (10,856). The smallest stock of 86 bottles came from Danilimda.
According to senior police inspector SD Sharma of Shaherkotda station, "I have now seven rooms cleared where I can station my men who were huddled on tables in a single room".
"The administrative cost of managing this seized liquor was high since this is an attractive muddamal and even policemen can get tempted!", quipped a senior officer.
The operation was carried out in the presence of the 'Committee for Disposal of Seized IMFL', chaired by prohibition commissioner SK Saikia. Beginning with unloading of cartons and gunny bags from the trucks onto the road, to clearing off the debris and setting the residue on fire to ward off stench, the operation lasted five hours.
This same stretch of road that has become defunct after the construction of the Narmada canal, was first used for such operation a few months back. Then followed a similar operation in Kheda district.
BOX Zadaphia raises a stink Minister of state for home Gordhan Zadaphia got a rude shock on Wednesday morning when he saw two cartons of liquor from a truck driving in front of his car, slip away and crash onto the road, when he was on his way to work.
Frantic calls were made to prohibition officials demanding to know what was going on, and he was told that the truck was on its way to Bhat from the police station to take part in the 'operation destruction'. Apparently, the truck was negotiating an incline when the 'accident' happened, destroying 24 precious bottles before their time, and the incident found an entry in the police station diary 'just for the records' like they say.
News Source : The Times of India [India's best Newspaper]