Kohima, September 25: Seized liquor worth more than Rs. 1.6 crore was destroyed today at KMC dumping site here on Friday.
The seizures were made by 3rd Assam Rifles Kohima on March 23, 2019 in three locations- Check Gate, Kohima, Old NST area Kohima and New Market area near War Cemetery Kohima, Excise Department officials told reporters.
The official said that the seized liquor was kept sealed by the Department within the Assam Rifles camp/garrison due to security reasons and acute space constraint at the dilapidated Excise Office in Kohima.
The assorted liquor comprised 2,294 cases and 165 loose bottles/cans, the official said, adding that the market value of destroyed liquor was approximately Rs. 1,06,43,270.
The destruction was carried in presence of Advisor for Excise, Sericulture & Minority Affairs Zhale-o Rio, Excise Secretary Orenpomo Kikon, Kohima Deputy Commissioner Gregory Thejawelie, Assistant Commissioner of Excise (Zonal) Kohima S. Phyobemo Kikon, representatives from Angami Baptist Church Council, Kohima Municipal Council, Assam Rifles and Nagaland Police.
On the occasion, Zhale-o while saying that total prohibition in Nagaland was possible through the prayer of churches and the public, urged the NGOs and churches to continue to actively support the Excise Department for effective implementation of Total Liquor Prohibition Act in Nagaland.
Department alone cannot do anything but we will do more with the support from all quarters, he said. (Page News Service)