The enforcement authorities in Andhra Pradesh’s Guntur have seized at least 10,000 bottles of illegal liquor from a water tanker. The water tanker carrying illegal liquor was seized at Munagodu Mandal in Amaravati region of Andhra Pradesh.

Andhra Special Enforcement Bureau seized around 10,000 illegal bottles in the water tanker and arrested eight men involved in the supply of illegal liquor to other areas from Andhra Pradesh. The liquor was illegally being transported from Hyderabad to Amaravati.

The seizure of 10,000 liquor bottles is one of the largest to date. The Andhra Pradesh government has been taking all the precautionary steps to stop the illegal trade.

Even after the government slashed the prices of cheap liquor, it has not brought any visible impact on the rampant liquor smuggling.

Since liquor outlets reopened and a sharp 75 per cent increase in the prices, 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.

Between May and August, the Andhra Pradesh Special Enforcement Bureau (SEB) officials have arrested more than 50,000 people who were involved in trading illegal liquor in the state.

According to enforcement officials, the number of cases booked per month on an average up to May 15 was 3,416, while it surged to 10,977 cases for the period from May 16 to July 31.

The number of persons arrested also increased from 3,109 to 14,478 for the same period.

The monthly average quantity of liquor smuggled into Andhra Pradesh from other states has gone up to 56,716 BLS for the period from May 16 to July 31, 2020.

The seizure of vehicles, involved in the smuggling of liquor, also has gone up by 636%.

Meanwhile, an increase in cases of liquor smuggling and deaths due to the consumption of hand sanitisers forced the Andhra Pradesh government to reduce the prices of liquor in the state.

The Andhra Pradesh government on Thursday reduced prices of liquor by Rs 10 to Rs 280 in two categories apart from beer, to bring parity in rates with neighbouring states like Telangana and Karnataka.

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