Kakinada man caught transporting 30 litres of country-made liquor in food delivery bag

A man claiming to be a Zomato delivery person was caught transporting country-made liquor in Kakinada town, Andhra Pradesh on Saturday. 

Updated: May 04, 2020 15:44 IST

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Roselet Sheena Merli

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Kakinada man arrested as he transported country-made liquor

The Kakinada man was wearing a red t-shirt and carrying a Zomato delivery bag. He carried around 30 litres of illicitly distilled liquor in transparent plastic bags inside the delivery bag. Sarpavaram police received information and intercepted him near Padma Nagar of RTC Colony in Kakinada.

“He was bringing the liquor brewed in fields in the nearby Pithapuram town. He was planning to sell it in the neighbourhoods in the town,” Kakinada Rural Circle Inspector Govinda Raju reported. 

The man was booked under sections 188 which states disobedience to order duly promulgated by public servant, 269 which states negligent act likely to spread infection of disease dangerous to life, 270 which states malignant act likely to spread infection of disease dangerous to life of the Indian Penal Code (IPC), apart from the relevant sections of the Andhra Pradesh Prohibition Act.

As the liquor stores are closed due to the nationwide lockdown, the production of country-made liquor has continued in many places. Also, the Ministry of Home Affairs has issued guidelines saying from 4 May onwards, liquor shops are set to open everywhere, except in containment zones. It also stated that the sale of liquor, paan, and tobacco will be allowed, but only with a minimum of 6 feet of physical distance between people, and with small groups of not more than five people allowed to gather at a time in any shop.

Kakinada, part of East Godavari district, has reported 45 COVID-19 positive cases so far, of which 20 people have recovered.