With the killing of an assistant sub-inspector, who was mowed down by a car in the district on Thursday, the issue of rampant liquor smuggling from Haryana to neighbouring Uttar Pradesh has once again come to the fore.
ASI Dharam Pal, 47, was run over by a speeding car, carrying illicit Indian made foreign liquor (IMFL), at Khukhni, about 22 km from here.
A five-member police team was on duty as a part of ‘Operation Night Domination’, held throughout the state at Wednesday night to nab criminals. Kurukshetra police confirmed that Pal was mowed down when he signalled a car to stop. The ASI had suffered severe head injuries and he died minutes after reaching the Ladwa community health centre.
Police said that after hitting the ASI, the car driver lost control over the vehicle and it collided with a tree. Driver Raj Kumar was arrested from the spot, while two other occupants Rinku of Yamunanagar and Aman of Karnal, were nabbed on Saturday, the police said.
Deputy superintendent of police Nirmal Singh told Hindustan Times on Saturday that accused were smuggling IMFL towards UP. The police had recovered 24 cases of various brands of IMFL from the car, registered in Yamunanagar.
“All liquor bottles recovered from the car were meant for sale in Haryana only. Accused said that they got the consignment from a liquor contractor in Ambala and were asked to transport it to Yamunanagar on Haryana-UP border,” revealed the DSP.He said that the police teams had been sent to Ambala to arrest the liquor contractor identified by the accused.
“The accused said that after loading liquor from Ambala, they used to take route to UP border via Saha in Ambala district. But after getting air of nakas on Saha road on Wednesday night, they took the Pipli-Saharanpur highway,” the DSP said.
Meanwhile, sources said that some brands of IMFL being smuggled from Haryana fetch double the price in Uttar Pradesh and thus smuggling was rampant.