Tiruppur police arrested an individual on Sunday for keeping open a TASMAC outlet at Sirupuluvapatti Ring Road in Tiruppur district, despite the complete lockdown being in place.
A case under section 4(1)(a) of the Tamil Nadu Prohibition Act was registered against 28-year-old Veerapandi, who was in charge of the outlet. Veerapandi was arrested and later let out on bail. While thirty-eight bottles of liquor were seized by the police from the venue, the shop was not sealed.
Speaking to TNM, an officer from Tiruppur Commissionerâ€™s office, says, â€śThe police will patrol other parts of the city and file cases if they find similar violations.â€ť
When the news was first reported, Tiruppur SP Vijayakarthikeyan K responded by saying police have been sent to the spot.
Police team is proceeding to the spotâ€” Vijayakarthikeyan K (@Vijaykarthikeyn) July 19, 2020
Tamil Nadu State Marketing Corporation Limited (TASMAC) outlets have been permitted to function in the district between 10 am to 8 pm on all days except Sundays, when the full lockdown comes into force across the state. In Chennai, the stateâ€™s biggest hotspot of COVID-19, TASMAC outlets are banned from opening for business.
Recently, TASMAC had invited tenders for computerising its operations, a project that includes an integrated supply chain management system, an enterprise resource management system and a track and trace system. The state-owned enterprise has closed all of its outlets for over 75 days due to the lockdown. According to reports, TASMAC enjoys a monopoly in the liquor market in the state, with 5,300 outlets and a sale of around Rs 90 crore per day.
As of July 18, Tiruppur has 217 active COVID-19 cases. The district has reported 433 cases in total so far of which 212 have been discharged. A total of 2,850 are under home quarantine. On July 18, Tiruppur tested 712 samples from patients showing COVID-19 symptoms.