You would do yourself a world of good if you paid little attention to the soft drink bottle before guzzling it down. Chances are that you are drinking a spurious cola drink.
On Friday, the Northeast Delhi Police unearthed an illegal cola bottling plant in the serpentine lanes of Jyotinagar in the Capital. The ‘plant’, being run from a rented two-room flat in Meet Nagar, was found producing spurious version of almost all known cola brands.
The police said the plant had been operational for the last six months and had 15 people working in it, including two juveniles. Six people were arrested in the police raid but one of the kingpins of the racket, Ramesh Tomar, is still absconding, the police said.
Deputy Commissioner of Police (Northeast) S.S. Yadav said, “They supplied to small time shopkeepers in various areas. We are still conducting investigations and finding out places where they supplied these spurious cola bottles.”
“The raiding team recovered bottles of different soft drinks such as Coke, Pepsi, Sprite and Limca.”
The police said they have confiscated 2,000 bottles, 100 crates and thousands of bottle crowns from the premises. They have also confiscated carbon dioxide cylinders, concentrates resembling that of different cola drinks, water kept in syntax tanks from the spot.
The police said they have also informed representatives of the different cola companies about Friday’s raid. Cases of copyright infringement have been registered against those arrested.
The police have, meanwhile, sent samples of the spurious cola seized to the food adulteration laboratory as well.