Tinsukia: A restaurant in Tinsukia was sealed by the district administration on Sunday evening after it was discovered serving alcohol without having a bar license and using a domestic LPG cylinder for commercial purposes.
The manager of Apu’s restaurant, on the outskirts of Tinsukia town, Khagiram Baruah has also been arrested and two separate FIRs have been filed against the restaurant owner.
The development came three days after a joint Supply and Excise Department team led by Additional Deputy Commissioner Monjit Borkakoti conducted a secret raid on Thursday and recovered 33.47 BL from IMFL and five domestic LPG cylinders.
There have been allegations of misrepresentation of facts by restaurant management in front of the media with the alleged aim of misrepresenting the facts. A few outlets released CCTV footage showing two officials consuming alcohol and published a report saying a raid had been carried out following a dispute over the bill.
Speaking to reporters, Tinsukia Deputy Commissioner Narsing Pawar said, “The raid was carried out following a resolution taken by the administration at a district development meeting earlier in the year. day to launch a crackdown on various types of illegal activities”.
Five teams comprising various departments have been formed to tackle the illegal activities flourishing in the district, he said.
“As part of the planned raid, posing as customers, one of the team members entered Apu’s restaurant and demanded to be served alcohol. Immediately after the restaurant had served alcohol, the law enforcement team waiting outside raided the scene and recovered a huge amount of alcohol,” Pawar said.
“The owner did not have a bar license and was therefore not permitted to serve or sell alcohol.”
Dismissing the report, Pawar said restaurant management tried to twist the facts and raids were carried out as planned. “The administration strongly supports honest civil servants in order to boost the morale of hard-working civil servants,” he added.
Appealing to citizens, Pawar asked them to connect directly with him via WhatsApp and share information or photos related to illegal activities in their localities. “The district administration has adopted zero tolerance against illegal activities as instructed by the Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma“, said Pawar.
Pawar can be reached at 7896276001.
ADC Borkakoti said two separate FIRs had been filed and the owner of the restaurant could not be found.
Meanwhile, amid appreciation from people from diverse backgrounds, the choir grows to act against perpetrators of illegal acts in various fields.
“Tinsukia is becoming a hub of anti-social activities. There are many roadside restaurants and dhabas that serve alcohol even to teenagers. Those who visit these places in the evening or at night create nuisance after consuming alcohol,” said Rana Changmai, former principal of Tinsukia College.
Changmai said that this bold move by Tinsukia DC is a welcome step. “However, to successfully end illegal activity, it is important not only to maintain the momentum of the raids, but also to ensure that all those involved in such illegal acts are viewed in the same light and are treated. with the same severity, regardless of their relationship.
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