Many people have died in the past after consuming illicit liquor or hooch in UP. (Representational)
With a view to effectively checking manufacture and sale of illicit liquor, the Uttar Pradesh government has set up 399 anti-crime sectors covering all the 75 districts of the state.
"The government has set up 399 anti-crime sectors at tehsil level in all the 75 districts of the state to check manufacture of illicit liquor and its sale, besides stopping sale of liquor at prices higher than the MRP (maximum retail price)," Additional Chief Secretary Deepak Trivedi said.
The step has been taken for the first time in Uttar Pradesh to stop sale of illicit liquor, he said. One inspector will be posted in all the sectors who will deal with issues in an effective and timely manner, he said.
Several people have died in Uttar Pradesh after consuming hooch in the past couple of years. At least 17 people died after consuming spurious liquor in Aliganj in Etah district in July last year, and 32 died in Malihabad village earlier.
Some people have also lost their eyesight after consuming illicit liquor.