Nagpur: MIDC police on Thursday raided a house in Rajiv Nagar area on Hingna Road and seized 31 boxes of country-made liquor being sold openly on Gandhi Jayanti. The sale and purchase of liquor on October 2 is prohibited which is also called “Dry Day.” Moreover, election fever is gripping various areas with campaigning in full swing, an opportune time for a brisk liquor business at premium rates.
According to reports, the MIDC police got a tip off that the country-made liquor was being sold openly by accused Bandu Anandrao Gawte (36) at his house in Rajiv Nagar on Hingna Road. Acting on the tip off, cops spread a dragnet and raided the accused Gawte’s house, situated in Sarode Mohalla, Ward No. 3, Rajiv Nagar, and seized 31 boxes of country-made liquor worth Rs 74,400. However, the accused Bandu Gawte managed to give the police a slip and since then absconding. Apart from the seizure of liquor boxes in large scale, the day of raid holds significance as it was on October 2, Gandhi Jayanti. Sale of liquor on October 2 is prohibited across Maharashtra or say in entire country. MIDC police have booked the accused under relevant Sections of IPC and Prohibition Act and probing the matter further.
The action was initiated by MIDC API Pravin Kale, Head Constables Sunil Maske, Gyanchand Dubey, Constables Ashish Kohde, Mohan Sahu, Santosh Vyas, Vinod Kadve, Shyam Kadu, Vinayak Patil, Sunit Gujar, Dilip Thakre, Woman Police Constable Harshada Chaudhary under the guidance of Senior Police Inspector Mahesh Patil.
According to reports, liquor was being sold on Gandhi Jayanti in other areas also but for reasons better known for MIDC police, no action was taken to bring the accused to books.