Assets seizure nod to check hooch sale

Chief minister Nitish Kumar has approved the seizure of the assets of three illicit liquor traders in the district.

District magistrate Santosh Kumar Mall and senior superintendent of police Rajesh Kumar on Saturday forwarded a proposal for the seizure of the assets of liquor traders Jagannath Rai, Sitaram Rai and Vishwanath Sah. All three are residents of Motipur, around 34km west of the district headquarters.

The chief minister immediately approved the proposal.

Sources said Nitish also asked the inspector-general of the economic offences wing to take necessary action to carry out the proposal of the senior district officers.

"We have launched a movement to seize the assets of illicit liquor traders," said DM Mall. "It will help check the manufacture and sale of hooch."

He added: "The excise department officials are on their toes to bust the syndicate of the illicit liquor traders."

Excise department officials have seized raw materials and illicit liquor in large quantities. The police are also investigating the assets of the traders.

"The police have found property worth crores belonging to Jagannath, Sitaram and Vishwanath. Sitaram and Vishwanath have been arrested. Jagannath is out on bail. We shall appeal to the district court to cancel the bail," said Mall.

Motipur police station house officer Ramesh Dutt has been suspended for his alleged link with Jagannath.

"He got bail because of a weak chargesheet against him. We are also investigating officers, who have links with the liquor mafia," said DM Mall.