Industrial effluent, sewage used to brew illicit liquor in Punjab!

CHANDIGARH: Industrial effluent and sewage are used to brew illicit liquor in Punjab.

This truth got here to mild in a search operation by the Excise and Taxation Division within the Guess space of Ludhiana district that falls alongside the Satluj river the place about 2.80 lakh kg of unclaimed ‘lahan’ (uncooked materials used for producing illicit liquor) and 100 litre of illicit liquor was destroyed on the spot, officers stated on Wednesday.

As many as 60 members of search groups carried out the in depth search on Tuesday in some 40 km through which a stunning truth got here to the fore that with a purpose to distill the illicit liquor from ‘lahan’, the water used was the one which got here from the sewage of business items of Ludhiana metropolis.

On seeing the Excise groups, the individuals concerned within the distillation ran away, abandoning 30 working stills, six quintals of wooden, 15 iron drums, two aluminium vessels, plastic pipes and 12 baggage of jaggery, an official assertion stated.

Through the operation, excise workers from Jalandhar was additionally referred to as at different finish of the river for combing operations. The operation was aimed to discourage the individuals concerned within the illicit distillation of liquor from ‘lahan’ within the Mand areas and areas alongside the banks of the rivers of the state.

The groups noticed the water getting used for the liquor distillation was stuffed with the chemical waste and toxins releases from the commercial items.

The illicit brewing of liquor has turn into a giant problem in areas alongside the river beds and border areas that aren’t solely having adversarial affect on the sale of country-made liquor but additionally impending menace of hooch tragedies, stated the assertion.

To finish unlawful and illicit actions, the division has launched an in depth statewide drive.

On the directive of Excise and Taxation Minister Harpal Singh Cheema, Excise Commissioner Varun Roojam constituted 4 groups to launch the search operation. The groups had been constituted beneath Deputy Commissioner (Excise) Shalin Walia by Shivani Gupta, Assistant Commissioner (Excise), Ludhiana Vary.

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