Traders to submit ATR

Ahmedabad Mirror | 1 week ago | 05-08-2022 | 06:00 am

Traders to submit ATR

Even as the Prohibition and Excise Department remains silent on the Botad hooch tragedy, the city police has asked licensed traders of methyl alcohol to be present at the police commissioner’s office in Shahibaug on August 12.They have been asked to present details of action taken to prevent theft of chemicals like methyl alcohol from their premises.Sources in the city police said the licence holders will have to personally present the Action Taken Report (ATR).“The methyl alcohol dealers who send their staff or those who fail to take steps to prevent theft or other irregularities will have their licence cancelled,” said a cop.On July 30, 2022, Traffic JCP Mayanksinh Chavda held a meeting with licence holders under The Poisons Act. Four licence holders had sent their employees as representatives to attend the meeting.Later notices were issued to the licence holders to remain present in the meeting. They were also asked to ensure adequate signage warnings on the premises where such chemicals are stored or processed.The licence holders are required to appoint supervisors with a clean history in the warehouse and factory premises, double lock the premises, maintain a daily stock register and ensure proper security.JCP Chavda said they subsequently issued a second set of notices to licence holders to remain present on August 12 with documents detailing the action taken on the instructions issued after the July 30 meeting.“In the city, the police issue such a licence while in the district it is issued by the collector. If the licence holders fail to comply with the instructions, strict action will be taken including cancellation of licence,” said JCP Chavda.A hooch tragedy on the night of July 25 in Botad had killed 46 persons. Police said 600 litres of methyl alcohol was stolen by Jayesh alias Raju, in charge of the Amos warehouse in Narol. Samir Patel was the licence holder. The stolen alcohol was sold to bootleggers.Two IPS officers and 12 police personnel were suspended after the incident. The state formed a SIT to look into the tragedy and a report was submitted to the home department last week.Six sections of IPC added in FIRs​​​​​​​The team investigating the hooch tragedy has added six more sections of IPC. According to investigators, Samir Patel and three other directors failed to appear before them on Thursday.Meanwhile, the accused have not yet approached the local court in Botad for anticipatory bail after HC directed them to do so. “Several teams have been formed to find Samir Patel against whom a Look Out Circular (LOC) has been issued. The original three complaints at Barvala, Ranpur in Botad and Dhandhuka in Ahmedabad have already invoked Section 302 of IPC, while the other sections have been added to fix responsibility of others for negligence and destruction of evidence,” said an investigator. The IPC sections added include Section 304 of IPC, which is causing death by negligence; Section 308, causing death not amounting to murder, Section 114, section 118 and Section 34.

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