THE BOOTLEGGERS seem to have found a new way to smuggle liquor into Indore, via passenger buses. This new modus operandi for smuggling was exposed on Thursday when the Excise department checked a number of buses plying between Mumbai and Indore near Manpur and found liquor in two buses and one unregistered four-wheeler.
The excise department has booked nine persons, including two brothers, under the Excise Act in this connection and seized 22 cartons of liquor worth around Rs 36,000 from the two buses and the four-wheeler (Bolero). Assistant Excise Commissioner Vinod Raghuvangshi said that it was the first time they had seized liquor being smuggled in passenger buses.
"We were receiving information that smugglers were using passenger buses to smuggle liquor and so carried out the checking", he said. He said that the four-wheeler and one of the buses, in which 15 cartons of liquor was found, would be confiscated.
The four-wheeler in which three and half cartons of liquor was being carried did not have a number. The vehicle was being brought for delivery to a showroom in Indore and the driver, in his greed to make extra buck, perhaps allowed the passenger who was carrying liquor.
The driver, who has been arrested, is Mallu (24). He is a resident of Makhbara Nath, Nasik. Sandeep (24), a resident of Bhavani Nagar, was carrying the liquor.
One of the buses seized belongs to Dhariwal Travels (MP-07-T-148). There were 15 cartons of liquor stored in sacks inside the luggage space of the bus. Those booked include the two drivers Rajesh Dixit (38), resident of 9/A Chitra Nagar, Indore, and Durgesh (40), resident of DKN 35, Vijay Nagar. The conductor Pappu, resident of Rameshwar, Khandwa and the owner of the liquor Raju, resident of Rewabagh, Dewas have also been booked.
The other seized bus (MP-07-F-1315) belonged to Hans Travels. Those arrested include the two drivers Pappu (30), resident of Gopalpura, Morena and Ramkumar (42), resident of Tyagi Nagar, Gwalior. The liquor belonged to Yogesh, resident of Bhavani Nagar, Dewas.