Red alert in Kerala on possibility of liquor flow ahead of polls

Thursday, Apr 28, 2016,11:19 IST By Metrovaartha A A A

Thiruvananthapuram | A red alert was today issued by the Excise Commissioner in view of intelligence inputs that there was a possiblity of flow of spurious liqour and toddy in Kerala, ahead of the May 16 assembly polls.

The Excise commissioner has issued a red alert and all the officials have been directed to ensure that no untoward incidents happen in their jurisdiction, especially with regard to spurious liqour and toddy, excise department sources told.

The state Intelligence had in a recent report to the government, warned that there was a possiblity of flow of spurious liqour in Kerala following the closure of foreign liqour bars in three and four star hotels as part of the new liqour policy.

The excise and enforcement departments had also been asked to keep more vigil. The report had stated that there was a possibility that people aggrieved by the new liquor policy would try to exploit the situation and create trouble as the state is all set for the May 16 assembly polls.

There were chances of spurious liquor being sold in festival places and tourist spots in the state, it said. It also asked for steps to be initiated to prevent flow of liquor and illicit liquor from neighbouring states.