Strongly opposing the proposal of the Excise Department to open another 116 liquor shops in Jammu, the Dogra Kranti Dal has cautioned the government to refrain from such an obnoxious move aimed at violating the sanctity of city of temples. The proposal has been mooted by some unscrupulous officers in league with vested interests which was has sparked massive outrage amongst the people of Dogra land said the leaders of DKD while addressing a press conference in Jammu today.
Speaking to media persons, Gagan Pratap Singh Secretary said that proposal to open new liquor shops seemed to be a deep rooted conspiracy against Jammu region and its youth in particular. Referring to an official communiqué from the office of Excise and Taxation Department, Singh disclosed that the Excise Commissioner J&K Rajesh Kumar Shavan had sent an official memo bearing No. EC/EXC /sub-vend/663 dated 16-06-2020 to the government seeking approval for opening of 116 liquor shops in Jammu and 67 in Kashmir. Not only that the Excise Commissioner has finalized the locations as well, he pointed out.
Seeking an enquiry into the liquor scam in the UT and frauds of huge magnitude, . Gagan Pratap Singh further sought a probe into the antecedents of the officers of Excise Department several of whom were facing vigilance and crime branch probes and still given significant postings. He divulged that the Excise Commissioner Rajesh Kumar Shavan himself had several FIRs registered against him in corruption cases in vigilance as well crime branch besides in Police Station Domana and elsewhere. He pointed out that in one of the FIRs, it is alleged that land costing more than Rs. 200 crore had been allotted during the tenure of Shavan as VC JDA to a beneficiary merely for 13 crore in the vicinity of Wave Mall Jammu. Likewise proceedings in corruption cases are pending against him in crime branch as well. Not only such officers need to be taken to task for attempting to vitiate the peaceful environment of Jammu by proposing opening of new liquor shops, but all pending cases against them needed to be expedited with appropriate action under law.