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Sting showed Govt officials involved

Death due to consumption of spurious liquor is nothing new to the city. Despite the 17 deaths in Dabri, southwest Delhi, two weeks ago, spurious liquor continues to be sold in other parts of the city, reports Vijaita Singh.

delhi Updated: Apr 07, 2009 01:31 IST
Vijaita Singh

Death due to consumption of spurious liquor is nothing new to the city. Despite the 17 deaths in Dabri, southwest Delhi, two weeks ago, spurious liquor continues to be sold in other parts of the city.

Police even suspect the same consignment of liquor that killed in Dabri also killed people in Raghubir Nagar in the last seven days.

After the Dabri deaths, a drive was launched to arrest the known bootleggers in the city, but no one was held.

The Crime Branch investigating the Dabri hooch deaths identified the main supplier based in Haryana. He continues to elude the police net.

The Crime Branch arrested three persons identified as Kamla, Rajinder and Mahesh Gupta for selling the spurious liquour in Dabri that caused the deaths.

“The three accused told us that they got the supply of the particular batch of liquor from Bahadurgarh in Haryana. We are looking for the supplier and would arrest him soon,” said a senior police officer.

Families of victims are blaming police inaction. They alleged that the trade continues unabated with police collusion.

“The local police have a share in the booty. The beat constables are very well aware of the trade,” said Karmbir, a resident of Raghubir Nagar in west Delhi where 16 people died in the last one week.

The people involved in the trade earn anywhere between Rs 700-800 with the sale of these spurious substance.

Sting operations conducted in 2004, 2005 and 2006 showed that at least 53 government servants were hand-in-glove with the people belonging to the Sansi tribe who are involved in the sale of this spurious liquor.

Property dealer Chetan Sharma who conducted the sting operations submitted the CDs to the Delhi High Court.

The Crime Branch that is also investigating the sting operation cases is likely to file a chargesheet soon.

In 2006, 25 policemen were caught accepting bribes from the Sansi community to allow them to sell spurious liquor in Dabri. Police said lack of authorised liquor vends was also a reason behind such cases.

“We always keep known bootleggers under pressure despite our enhanced commitment towards anti-terrorist operations and handling of desperate criminals,” said Rajan Bhagat, spokesman for Delhi Police.