The Andhra Special Enforcement Bureau has seized over 10, 000 illegal liquor bottles from a water tanker. The water tanker which was carrying the illegal liquor was confiscated at Munagodu Mandal in Amaravati region of Andhra Pradesh.
In the seizure of 10, 000 liquor bottles the Andhra Special Enforcement Bureau has arrested 8 men involved in the smuggling of liquor. According to the sources the liquor was being smuggled from Hyderabad to Amaravati.
This seizure by the Bureau is largest till date. Further, the Andhra Pradesh government has been taking all the precautionary steps to stop the illegal trade. Although the government has already slashed the price of the cheap liquor, it has not brought any effect on the liquor smuggling.
Since the liquor outlets reopened a sharp 75 per cent increase in the prices have been observed. Smugglers have been using trucks, carts, tractors, boats, water tankers, gas cylinders to smuggle liquor in the state from Tamil Nadu, Karnataka, Odisha, and Telangana.
The officials from the Enforcement Bureau have arrested over 50, 000 people involved in the illegal trade of liquor between May and August. According to the officials, the number of cases at an average is up to 3, 416 till May, while it rose to 10, 977 cases in the period between May 16 to July 31. Also, the number of arrests has increased from 3, 109 to 14, 478 for the same period.
The confiscation of vehicles, carrying or involving the smuggling of illegal liquor has also gone up by 636 per cent. Meanwhile, the Andhra Pradesh government is forced to reduce the rates of liquor in the state. This is because of the increase in the liquor smuggling and deaths due to the consumption of hand sanitizers.