The Delhi Police Crime Branch has arrested three members of a family, including two women, who had reportedly supplied the spurious liquor that killed 40 persons in Dabri, Khayala and Rajouri Garden in the past two months.
The police said the accused — Gautam (36), Maya (35) and Manjeet Kaur (55) — are residents of Brahmapuri in southwest Delhi and were arrested on Tuesday night by a Crime Branch team.
With their arrest, the total number of arrests in the case now stands at 12. One more person who is also involved in the case is said to be absconding.
Police said the accused were running an illegal factory from their house in Brahmapuri where they used to mix the alcohol purchased from states like Haryana with methyl alcohol.
All the three belong to the Sansi tribe and Manjeet Kaur is Gautam’s mother.
The mother and son have 22 cases under the Excise Act registered against them. Gautam’s wife Maya also has 11 cases registered against her. “We have sent several teams to Gujarat, Uttar Pradesh and Punjab to nab the person who supplied the liquor,” Satyendra Garg, additional commissioner of police (Crime), said.
On April 16, the police had arrested Mukesh Kumar (48) who was involved in 60 cases under the Excise Act and other criminal cases. It was Kumar who had prepared the spurious liquor and sold it further.
On April 7, the police arrested 62-year-old Kaushalya from Dabri. She was involved in 35 cases of Excise Act. The other accused that have been are Kamla (52), Rajender (48), Mukesh Gupta (35) and Seema (30).
The police have seized more than 100 cartons of spurious liquour being sold in Sangam Vihar, Badarpur and Bhogal areas of southeast Delhi. Further investigations were on, the police said.