Anti-hooch body warns against booze bait to lure tea-belt voters

GUWAHATI: With electioneering gaining momentum in the state, women's teams have strengthened their unofficial ban on illicit liquor in Golaghat and Jorhat districts, where greater than 150 other people recently died after ingesting a molasses-based concoction.

After ensuring the demolition of over five,000 unlawful liquor dens in Golaghat in not up to a month for the reason that tragedy, a voluntary organization referred to as Mod Mukta Asom Dabi Samiti - main the campaign for a 'liquor-free Assam' - has cautioned political parties against luring the voters with liquor.

This organization has planned a mass convention in Golaghat on March 27, where other people from different walks of life will sign up for its women volunteers in talking up against the risk of illicit liquor.

"The hooch tragedy may recur if we don't keep a constant watch on the illicit liquor dens that have been demolished. With the Lok Sabha polls round the corner, our women activists are concerned that politicians will woo voters with cheap illicit liquor. People from the weaker sections of the society, including the tea garden labourers, may be tempted. We have asked the villagers coordinating with us to be alert," said Namita Hazarika, convener of Veerangana, the women's brigade of Mod Mukta Asom Dabi Samiti.

Golaghat is without doubt one of the districts this is badly affected by the scourge of illicit liquor. Apart from tea lawn staff, a number of indigenous communities are recognized for making ready spurious liquor for sale at low prices in the district.

In Jorhat district, too, Sanmilita Nari Adhikar Suraksha Mancha (SNASM), a women's rights organization based in higher Assam, has decided to relaunch its force against illicit liquor. It has convened a public meeting on March 20 to chalk out a course of action.

Since police haven't any selection however to cooperate with the activists, these organizations have got ancillary beef up of their force against hooch.

"We have intimated the district administration of our drive against illicit liquor. If it doesn't take measures against the sale of illicit liquor this election, we will be forced to act against politicians who offer liquor for vote," said Tutumoni Bhuyan Hazarika, a number one member of Sanmilita Nari Adhikar Suraksha Mancha. With the fashion code of habits for the elections in place, police and the management have also redoubled effort to limit the flow of unaccounted-for money.

Anti-hooch body warns against booze bait to lure tea-belt voters Anti-hooch body warns against booze bait to lure tea-belt voters Reviewed by kailash soni on March 17, 2019 Rating: 5
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