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Liquor smuggling continues to rise amid lockdown in Kerala

Amid strict lockdown in Kerala, liquor bottles are being smuggled from the neighbouring state of Karnataka.

Liquor smuggling continues to rise amid lockdown in Kerala

On Tuesday, 97 bottles of alcohol were seized from Kollam railway station. (Representative Image)

With liquor shops closed in Kerala following a stringent lockdown, liquor bottles are being smuggled from the neighbouring state of Karnataka.

On Tuesday, 97 bottles of alcohol were seized from Kollam railway station. The excise department has held an army officer and IT professional in connection with the case.

As part of a routine search, 60 bottles were seized from a passenger travelling on the Bengaluru-Kanyakumar Express. The passenger was identified as 28-year-old Amal, an army officer, working in Bengaluru.

In a separate incident, 38-year-old Anil Kumar, an IT professional, was held with 37 bottles during another routine search. A total of 64 litres of alcohol had been seized from both men.

The excise department has been on their toes after the state went into a complete lockdown since early May.
Besides smuggling, the brewing of illicit liquor has been a major cause of worry. Over 1000 litres of illicit liquor have either been destroyed or seized by the team since the beginning of the lockdown.

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