Dambal village in Gadag, which is known for its magnificent temples and step-wells, is fast becoming infamous for the illegal sale of liquor.
The tipplers in the district were in no mood to give up. On Sunday, they made a beeline for the liquor shops in the border district — Sivaganga.
Between March 10 and May 19, Rs 839.03 crore in cash, liquor worth Rs 294.41 crore, drugs worth Rs 1270.37 crore and precious metals including gold worth Rs 986.76 crore were seized.
Excise Commissioner V Yeshwantha said that it is a policy decision to not issue CL2 and CL9 licences.
Sale, consumption, storage, manufacture and trade of liquor is banned in Bihar by the Nitish Kumar government since April 2016.
Locals said all the victims had consumed country liquor in the local market on Monday afternoon.
Prohibition and Excise Commissioner Mukesh Kumar Meena said that hat action will be initiated against the district-level officers in case they fail to act as per the guidelines.
According to information, most of the sales happened after the conclusion of elections on April 11.
The BJP, in its manifesto, has promised to upgrade Balasore Municipality into a Corporation and make the district free from liquor if the party forms the Government in the State.
Sources said they suspect rackets in certain constituencies are giving coupons to select group of voters for mixers, pressure cookers, grinders and other kitchen utensils.
After the enforcement of the Model Code of Conduct, more than 5.93 lakh litres of liquor worth around `22.25 crore was seized by the Prohibition and Excise department.
In view of the upcoming Lok Sabha elections, scheduled to be held on April 11, Hyderabad police has issued prohibitory orders to prevent any untoward incident and to ensure peaceful polling.
The traders, on noting that the poll season is ideal to make profits, have decided to sell liquor at prices higher than the MRP.
Since March, out of 18,805 raids conducted by the excise department across the state, 4,000 cases were registered in Bengaluru as the police registered 18 similiar cases.
The Madras HC observed that crimes committed under influence of alcohol are on the rise and the government is the monopoly liquor seller in Tamil Nadu.