The State has witnessed a rise in bootlegging cases after prohibition of arrack in 2007. While, 1090 bootlegging cases were registered in 2008, whereas 4412 cases have been registered in 2012.
Excise enforcement and lottery prohibition wing started functioning in State from November 2007. The statistics of the department reveal that Belgaum, Bijapur district tops in state at sale of bootlegging, followed by Hassan and Tumkur Districts.
At Karavigudda in Belgaum it has become a challenging task for the department to put break for distillation and sale of illicit liquor. Its learnt that no ground water is available for people in the region for other occupation and people are not coming out of the business. In fear of raids they frequently change the places.
The officials have launched a special drive in these places and have outsourced police for Belgaum, Hassan, Tumkur and Bijapur, to bring down the number cases in the region. Day and night strict vigilance is done and through monitoring is done.
PRO of the wing PSI Ashok Hullur says, “though at Sakleshpur belt the illicit liquor is prepared, it is used for own consumption. Whereas, at Belgaum, Bijapur, Bagalkot, Sakaleshpur, Pavagada and other places majority of them are professional sellers.”
The Excise department has launched an awareness drive 'Jana Samparka Sabhe' at village and taluk levels to educate people about ill-effects of consumption of Illicit Distillation and other drug related issues. So far, more than 12,500 campaign programmes are held across State, involving local leaders, schools children, Religious leaders and other govt officials.
Ashok says: the awareness programme has helped very much and many have quit manufacturing of illicit liquor business. Through street plays, health programmes they are being educated and are informed about the rigorous punishment imposed by courts.
The wing personnel are successful in provided alternative jobs under NAREGA and various other government schemes for 2100 persons, who are allegedly involved in illicit liquor business. They are helped to get Bank Loan and are monitored regularly to insure that they again not switch over to old path.
In all 13,414 cases have been registered and 13966 have been arrested from November 2007 to December 2012.
Year Wise Statistics of cases
2007 – 15 (November and December)
2008 – 1090
2009 – 1361
2010 – 2853
2011 – 3683
2012 – 4412
Prohibition of illicit liquor came to enforce in Karnataka on July 1, 2007. The wing started functioning in State from November 2007. Approximately 900 staffs are working at 41 Special Police stations function in State, where Belgaum, Bagalkote, Karwar, Tumkur, Bellary, Bangalore Dist have two stations. Every staff in the police stations has been made in-charge of special area of the Jurisdiction of the police station. In case if any complaints received from the region, he is answerable.