THE LIGHT OF ANDAMANS | ISSUE 10-11 | 09 SEPTEMBER 2011
under Tusonabad Gram Panchayat was apprehended in the night of 02.09.2011. On a tip off from some vigilant villagers a police team headed by Vineet Kumar DySP, Bambooflat raided the premises of Gaur, a habitual bootlegger of Manpur. Large quantity of illicit liquor including 7 cases of 750 ml IMFL, a large quantity of country liquor, distilling drums, bags of jaggery, sugar and bark of siris tree were recovered from the premises of the accused. He has been booked under relevant sections of IPC. village of Manpur
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Bootlegging Nexus Busted, SHO Ograbraj Transferred
By Staff Reporter
A bootlegger in the South Andaman
According to sources the operation was planned by DySP maintaining high secrecy. The police staff posted at the office of the DySP were included in the raid and the Police Station staffs were not included. Following the raid on 03.09.2011, Station House Officer, Police Station, Ograbraj, Bhoominathan, Sub-Inspector has been stand relieved to Police lines. Sahil Shamsuddin, Sub-Inspector, A&N police will take over as Station House Officer, Police Station, Ograbraj.
Villagers of the area on condition of anonymity told LOA that illicit liquor trade has been flourishing in areas like Chouldari, Namunaghar, Tusonabad, Dundaspoint, Ferrargunj under the jurisdiction of Police Station, Ograbraj. This has been a major nuisance apart from being a social stigma for the residents of the area. Women complain that entire salaries of men go to the bootleggers as they give credit to these alcoholics. Young men and school children all get hooked to this habit. They blame the nexus of police station staff in flourishing of this illegal trade.
The raid followed by disciplinary action on the erring officer has given very positive signal to the residents; they are gearing up to report any new cases cropping up in the area. This raid has acted as a confidence building measure between the A&N Police and the local people. The villagers hope that Police will apply sustained pressure in stopping this illicit alcohol trade.
Crocodile Scare in Manpur
In a recent incident on 6th September, a crocodile made way up to a house in Manpur and snatched a duck from the flock before disappearing into the marsh. Wife of Amulya Das resident of Manpur noticed a crocodile just 15 metres away from their house attacking a flock of ducks. People in those areas are scared.
Forest department have started responding to the issue. Through public announcements in vernacular languages, people were made aware about the dangers, crocodiles pose in the marsh and submerged areas close to the creeks.
HDFC Bank opens new branch in Port Blair
HDFC Bank, an Indian-based banking company, has opened its first branch in Port Blair in Andaman Nicobar archipelago.
The company said that the branch will not only cater to the 4-lakh strong local population and the residents of the 37 inhabited islands, it is also set to benefit tourists thronging the tropical islands from other parts of the country as well as abroad with services and products.
Navin Puri, Country Head, Branch Banking, HDFC Bank, said: "As a leading bank of the country, we will continue to conquer new frontiers and take banking to every nook and corner of the country. Opening a branch in Port Blair is the first step towards what we believe will be a long and mutually beneficial partnership."