Two men in their 30s have been arrested for manufacturing and supply of spurious liquor, locally known as hooch, that resulted in 40 deaths in the Capital two months ago.
The Special Operations Squad of Delhi Police’s crime branch arrested brothers Raman (32) and Chaman (30), who go by only one name, from their makeshift factory in a Gurgaon village on Tuesday.
The residents of Patel Nagar in Gurgaon, 30 kilometres from Delhi, were apprehended near Kapashera in southwest Delhi with 25 cartons of illicit liquor.
So far 10 people have been arrested for manufacturing and sale of spurious liquor. Deaths by consuming illicit liquor were reported from West Delhi’s Raghubir Nagar and Khyala and Southwest Delhi’s Sagarpur in March and April this year. There colonies are inhabited mostly by labourers and daily wagers.
“The two were running a manufacturing unit of spurious liquor in Basia village in Gurgaon. After the deaths were reported, they closed the unit and shifted the raw material to another place,” said Additional Commissioner of Police (Crime) Satyendra Garg.
“We have recovered two bottling machines, six drums containing raw spirit, lakhs of labels of six brands, a machine to seal the bottles, two cans of chemical colour and thousands of empty full, pint and half bottles in the raid.”
Garg said the two men have revealed some names involved in the trade. “They are running a complex network of manufacturers and suppliers and we are trying to track them down.”
Delhi Police had earlier suspended two SHOs of Khyala and 14 police personnel at both Raghubir Nagar and Khyala police stations for not taking appropriate action in checking the spread of illicit liquor.
Delhi Police Commissioner Y.S. Dadwal had offered Rs 1 lakh reward to any person giving any information about the people involved in the trade.