Liquor shops in Maharashtra get extended hours for Holi celebrations | Mumbai News – Times of India | IIT EXPERT

MUMBAI: The code of conduct (CoC) announced for general elections on Saturday will not come in your way while celebrating holi with booze. However be cautious of the doorstep delivery of duplicate liquor from the market, suggest excise officials.
The state government has granted extension to liquor shops in the state, except in municipal corporation areas where no dry day has been declared by the local administration, till 12 midnight against their regular 10.30 pm deadline.
Meanwhile, on the very first day of the CoC, the excise administration seized a bootlegged imported liquor stock from Juhu, Malad and Mira Road. The Rs 28 lakh worth bootlegged stock was being distributed in high profile areas where bollywood biggies lived, said excise officials
The decision to extend the deadline will pave the way for people to stock liquor for the holi celebrations which eventually help the state earn second largest revenue after christmas-new year celebrations every year. Meanwhile, officials said the bars will continue to serve liquor as per their present deadline of 1.30 am.
“Many buyers from even the Bollywood fraternity were seen buying this duplicate liquor sold in bottles of very costly imported brands,” said Pradeep Pawar divisional deputy commissioner of state excise, Mumbai-Thane region. According to him a vast collection of foreign-branded spirits ranging from scotches to rum have been seized from the accused while they were carrying it in autorickshaws. The four arrested have confessed of bootlegging in the Malad and Mira Road factories which were raided soon after the stock was confiscated on Juhu Tara road, officials added.
Over the last two-three days, they said, the excise squads also seized three trucks from Thane and Palghar that were carrying liquor worth Rs 3 crore from various parts of the country such as Punjab and Arunachal Pradesh which was not permitted for sale within Maharashtra.

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