Patiala police seize illicit liquor off to Gujarat, different states
Patiala, October 30
In a reverse liquor smuggling pattern, the liquor meant to be bought solely in Punjab is being equipped to dry states of Gujarat, Bihar and Haryana.
The Patiala police have unearthed a nexus, whereby the liquor meant on the market on the state vends was allegedly being smuggled to “poll-bound Gujarat”.
Following instructions of Patiala SSP Deepak Pareek, a police crew seized round 600 cartons of illicit liquor from a truck on the Sanour-Chuara highway on Thursday.
- Two days in the past, the Khoda police seized illicit liquor value Rs 54L. The consignment was being equipped from Punjab to Uttar Pradesh
- Two months in the past, the CIA wing of the Jind police in Haryana had arrested a person for illegally supplying liquor from Punjab to Gujarat within the guise of crockery
- The crew seized 5,040 bottles English liquor and three,140 beer cans
Preliminary investigation prompt that the cartons had been allegedly being smuggled to Gujarat. Sources mentioned following the seizure, politicians and sure Excise officers are “attempting to avoid wasting the accused”.
“There may be lot of stress whereas dealing with the case as function of sure politicians and authorities officers can’t be dominated out. Probe is required to determine who ordered the consignment,” mentioned a senior police official.
The Patiala police have registered a case below Sections 61, 1, 14 and 78(2) of the Punjab Excise Act and Part 420 of the IPC in opposition to 4 individuals — Beautiful, Komal, Monu and Narinder Singh.
“Two of the accused have earlier been booked in an analogous case, however had managed to settle it by means of a probe carried out by a DSP-level officer. They’re once more attempting to get the probe shifted to the identical DSP,” an insider mentioned.
Sharing border with Haryana, Punjab is discovering it tough to curb the circulate of liquor to the opposite aspect regardless of organising nakas on the entry factors.
“Now, liquor contractors, in connivance with authorities officers, pay Rs 100 per field to smuggle liquor out of state,” mentioned a former IPS officer.
“In the meantime, the function of the Excise officers on this nexus can be below lens. Even three days after the matter was reported, the officers are but to seal the liquor vends owned by the accused. Quite, two junior rung officers have been deputed to probe the case,” mentioned a senior police official.
Patiala Assistant Excise and Taxation Commissioner (AETC) Inderjeet Singh Nagpal mentioned the seized consignment was meant on the market on the liquor vends in Patiala, including that the division would motion in opposition to the vend house owners on Monday.
State Excise Commissioner Varun Roojam instructed The Tribune that he sought an in depth report within the case because the accused had confronted FIRs for excise violations prior to now too.
“We is not going to spare any responsible. If anybody from the Excise Division helps the vend house owners, we are going to provoke probe in opposition to them as effectively,” he mentioned.