Dhaka, 8 January : Bangladesh's Parliamentary Affairs Minister Barrister Shafique Ahmed said his ministry will take steps to restore the 1972 constitution in order to reestablish the spirits of secularism, the great liberation war, rule of law, human rights and democracy in the country.
"As a lawyer and human rights activist I have certain commitments to the people. The government is also committed to restore the Constitution of 1972.
WB Excise & Finance minister suggests more legal Bar to curb hooch menace
“We shall smash all illicit liquor dens and at the same time stop opening retail country liquor shops indiscriminately to discourage consumption. Under the new policy, we shall open as many shops as are required to meet the socially acceptable level of demand,” Dasgupta said.
The minister, speaking days after spurious liquor killed 28 people in Kolkata’s Kidderpore, didn’t explain what a “socially acceptable level of demand” would be. But it is being seen as an indication that fewer licences would be granted.
Kolkata, 7 January : The he crackdown on illicit liquor continued on Wednesday. Six persons were arrested and 94.5 litre hooch was seized by police. Also, the toll mounted with yet another person dying in hospital during the day.
Alerted by the fatal incident in the city, district police have also swung into action. In a special raid on Wednesday, the North 24-Parganas police destroyed 7,500 litre hooch in various parts of New Barrackpore and Ghola. Police demolished eight dens there. "The Leningarh area was notorious for hooch production," said a senior police officer. "We are trying to destroy the production units. Tension gripped the Baguiati area on Wednesday morning after a habitual drinker died," he added.
The angry mob, meanwhile, destroyed a few hooch dens of the area. South 24-Parganas district police have also started conducting raids in the fringe areas.