Sri Lanka, Aug. 5 -- The Excise Department has conducted 24,150 raids throughout the country during the first six months of this year under its program to minimize life risks through the elimination of illicit liquor.

These raids have been carried out under the charges of brewing illicit liquor, possession of such liquor, possession of illegally distilled spirits, possession of distillery equipment, sale of illicit liquor and illegal sale of foreign liquor, says Excise Commissioner General H.G. Sumanasinghe.

The overall raids conducted in 2018 were 49,312.

The revenue of Rs 253 million as fines received from the penalty of the raids conducted by the Excise Department has been credited to the relevant Provincial Council.

Thus the Excise ...