The Supreme Court on Thursday asked the Government of Punjab to file a status report by February 10 on the action taken so far to stop illegal liquor manufacturing and distribution in Punjab.
The top court also asked Punjab Government to immediately adopt strict measures to address the large-scale manufacture and sale of illicit liquor in the State.
“Have you seen Bihar today? This is exactly what we want to avoid. “the bench asked to the counsel appearing for the Punjab government.
The Apex court was referring to the Bihar hooch tragedy in the Saran district that has claimed the lives of 39 people so far.
“We have implemented all the directions issued by this court, including issuing a circular holding local police accountable if illegal ‘bhatthis’ are found. We have conducted awareness campaigns, and appointed informers who will be rewarded,” the Punjab government’s advocate told the court.
While posting the matter for hearing in February the bench said” Let us see how it progresses. We will monitor it.”
The Supreme Court was hearing a petition filed in the case of illegal liquor manufacturing and distribution in Punjab.