The Ghaziabad police on Friday raided a spurious liquor factory operating in Bamheta village along NH-24 and confiscated huge quantities of rectified spirit and chemicals used in its preparation.
Two persons -- Charan Singh Yadav and Laxman Pal -- have been arrested while Rajesh Yadav, the owner of the plot on which the factory was set up, and Kunal Giri, his accomplice, fled the spot during the raid.
The police recovered 81 cartons of spurious liquor bottles, two tanks of 1,000 litres each, six drums of rectified spirit, two small tanks of chemicals, one mini-truck and other items.
The police said the factory was set up for manufacturing spurious liquor that was packed in branded bottles of Indian Made Foreign Liquor (IMFL). The unit was set up over a 200 square yard plot and someone tipped off the police about the illegal activity.
“The liquor was prepared by mixing mineral water with rectified spirit. Further, a quantity of urea was added to it -- to give consumers an instant hit. The accused were also adding caramel to the rectified spirit to give it the colour of branded IMFL liquor,” a police officer said.
“It is suspected that the spurious liquor was meant for supply in neighbouring Noida areas. The accused have also told us that the absconding persons were trying to supply these bottles to liquor shops in Ghaziabad. We are probing all possibilities and teams are searching for the absconding accused,” said Salman Taj, superintendent of police, Ghaziabad.
The police also recovered fake IMFL bottles with fake stickers of the excise department and fake labels of branded companies.
“The factory was running for nearly a month. We have also come to know that another person who hails from Amroha was helping the accused manufacture the liquor,” Taj said.