Kolkata: After failing to elicit Opposition support in tackling business of illicit liquor, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee has called a meeting of senior police and administrative officials on Friday to chalk out further strategy to tackle menace of moonshine.

Notably, CPM on Monday staged a walk out from the all party meeting called by the ruling Trinamool demanding that Minister for Parliamentary Affairs Partha Chatterjee should withdraw his allegations of CPM’s involvement in the hooch tragedy.

The Chief Minister has asked all the Districts Magistrates, SPs and Excise officials to attend the meeting on Friday. The CM is also likely to ask the officials about the measures taken by them to stop sale of illicit liquor. Besides, the officials may also be asked to submit a report on the action taken against hooch mafias in the state.

The bureaucratic reshuffle that took place on Monday is seen as fallout of the tragedy that claimed around 171 lives.

It is expected that Mamata Banerjee is likely to issue instructions to the police and administrative officials to take strict action against the wrongdoers in the liquor industry.

It is alleged that liquor mafias in the state are colluding with the police officials to operate their illicit liquor dens.

Meanwhile, West Bengal PCC president Pradeep Bhattacharjee has demanded a CBI probe into the moonshine tragedy, putting a question over the CID probe ordered by the state government.

JPN/Bureau