CPI state secretary K Narayana blamed the ruling Congress party for its indifferent attitude in taking action against liquor syndicate.
Addressing a press conference here today, he alleged that the bigwigs in the liquor scam were left untouched while some individuals were booked. ‘In the investigation it has come to light that 60 per cent of liquor shop owners are below poverty line and very poor. Even though they have become owners of liquor shops and it is clearly indicating that they are benamis to the leaders,’ he pointed out. He said the High Court had asked the government why the small people were being booked while main perpetrators were left in several scams, but the government did not respond.
He alleged that Rs 90,000 crore worth liquor was being brought by liquor dealers directly from the factories, evading the excise tax, but no step was taken to contain it.
Mr.Narayana said the ongoing government sponsored Prajapatham programme had become ‘Police Patham’, and the police were arresting the activists who tried to highlight the problems of people at the meetings.
Welcoming the government move of bring a legislation prohibiting the sale and mortgaging of lands, allocated for the establishment of industries under SEZ, Mr Narayana asked the government to make the Legislation with retrospection of five years.