In the last 39 days, Assam Police has seized liquor worth Rs 39 crore. As compared to the 2016 assembly elections in the state, there has been a 39-fold upsurge in the seizure of liquor in the three-phased 2021 assembly elections which concluded on Tuesday.
According to the excise department, 1.06 lakh litres of liquor worth Rs 93.34 lakh were seized during the Assam assembly elections in 2016. As against this, 16.38 lakh litres of liquor worth Rs 39 crore have been seized till April 5 this year, ever since the model code of conduct has been enforced in the State from February 26.
Sources from the Excise department said that there has been a rise in the transportation of liquor via Assam without valid documents in the past five years. The marked route for such illegal transportation of liquor is Arunachal Pradesh-Nagaland-Assam to the rest of India.