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Let the action continue on eradication of spurious liquor!

Let the action continue on eradication of spurious liquor!

Many people died after dranking illicitly brewed liquor on Saturday night in Ekyarkuppam, a fisherman-populated area near Marakanam in Villupuram district. The death toll has risen to 18. As alcohol was not available at a low price, it was revealed that they had consumed ethanol and methanol mixed with industrial alcohol.
After learning about this, Chief Minister M. K. Stalin took action. He personally met and consoled those undergoing treatment for drinking poison liquor.Chief Minister M. K. Stalin sternly warned that the police and  the Prohibition Enforcement Unit, should pay close attention to the fight against spurious liquor and leave no room for any compromise. He immediately took action by suspending and transferring officials including SP.
Investigation of these cases has been transferred to CBCID to identify the root causes of this problem and eliminate them completely.The action taken by Chief Minister M. K. Stalin in this matter is commendable. However, despite the wide spread of TASMAC shops across Tamil Nadu, the high number of spurious liquor deaths has caused great shock and sadness.
What causes citizens to avoid TASMAC shops? Why do so many go for fake alcohol just because it's cheaper, even knowing that there may be danger? Can't we put an end to bootleg liquor and the deaths it causes?
From time to time we have seen in the news that in states like Gujarat and Bihar where alcohol prohibition is enforced, there are mass deaths due to consumption of fake liquor.As far as Tamil Nadu is concerned, there have been no such casualties in recent years. One of the reasons for that was the operation of Tasmac shops here. However, the Marakanam incident has changed the overall outlook on the alcohol problem.
What is the view of today's Tamil community on alcohol prohibition? Today there is no culture where alcohol is viewed as something wrong. Therefore, instead of treating alcoholism as a moral problem, it should be approached as a physical and mental health problem. A permanent solution to such problems can be found only if every individual is made aware of the evils of alcohol. This is not something that can happen immediately. But the Marakanam incident reminds us of the need to start that effort.
In two days, 1558 people were arrested in cases of illicit liquor in police raids after the death of Marakanam. 4943 liters of counterfeit liquor has been seized and destroyed. This shows that the production of illicit liquor is going on here and there.
Therefore, the government should intensify the measures to completely eliminate counterfeit liquor. The entire responsibility rests with the police. Action checks should continue to the extent that there is no counterfeit liquor in the state.
Only then can such casualties be avoided!