MUMBAI: In yet another major raid, the flying squads of the state excise have confiscated a truck carrying around 61000 bottles of royal blue malt whisky manufactured in Goa worth Rs 1.03 crore.
The multi-axled truck was seized before entering Madhya Pradesh via Jalgaon district late on Sunday. This is the third such incident in the recent past.
Earlier in May, the squads had seized a huge stock of IMFL (Indian-made foreign liquor) worth over Rs 1.05 crore in two separate actions while being illegally transported via Mumbai and Western Maharashtra from Goa.
According to excise officials, the stock manufactured in Goa is meant to be sold within the Goa permit area and not beyond.
The officials have arrested Ajay Yadav (41), the driver of the truck, who is a resident of Indore. The officials have seized two mobile handsets and six plywood boxes beside the truck.
Given the present circumstances, the government has allowed home-delivery of liquor. Hence, to avoid any bootlegging, which may pose a threat to the health of drinkers, a strict vigil is being maintained by the officials.
The actions were personally monitored by state excise commissioner Kantila Umap, director of vigilance state excise Usha Verma and Nashik divisional deputy commissioner Arjun Ohol. Further investigations are underway.
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