The Delhi Police have busted a gang that allegedly smuggled illicit liquor in a fake ambulance van. Three persons, all hailing from Haryana, have been arrested in this connection. The accused, identified as Parminder Yadav, Rakesh and Jitender, are said to have been inspired by the Bollywood flick Once Upon A Time In Mumbaai.
In order to avoid police attention, Rakesh used to act as a patient while Jitender acted as his attendant. The third accused, Yadav, used to drive the ambulance, keeping its flash light and pressure horn on.
While Rakesh used to lie down on cartons of liquor, covered with a white bedsheet to make it look like a stretcher, Jitender used to hold a bottle of glucose whenever they found police presence on their way.
Taking advantage of the cheap rate of liquor in Haryana, the three used to purchase cartons of liquor in bulk and sell them to different liquor vendors in Uttar Pradesh for a handsome profit margin. The gang was operating between Haryana and Uttar Pradesh, via Delhi, for past eight months, the police said.
Yadav, the driver-cum-owner of the bogus ambulance, was associated with a private hospital in Gurgaon. Around eight months back, he quit his job and started smuggling illicit liquor from Haryana with his aides.
“They knew the police never stop emergency vehicles such as ambulances and instead make efforts to give them clear passage on roads to reach concerned hospital at the earliest,” a police officer said.