MUZAFFARPUR: Excise sleuths seized 240 cartons of India made foreign liquor (IMFL) from a truck near Basra Shukla village in Jaitpur police outpost area of Bihar’s Muzaffarpur district late on Wednesday night.
Acting on a tip off, excise officers intercepted the truck and seized the consignment of IMFL, valued at Rs 60 lakh, from the vehicle, excise superintendent Din Bandhu said.
“The truck was parked at a secluded place just on the border of the village and liquor cartons were concealed in a pocket, especially designed to hide them,” he said.
The raiding team also arrested three persons, including local liquor trader Pramod Rai. He is nephew of Mohammadpur Balmi mukhiya Jagannath Rai, a known liquor mafia of the district, Din Bandhu added.
Two other arrested persons had been identified as Balvinder Singh (driver of the truck) and Guruamrut Singh (cleaner), both residents of Punjab, he added.
“They have been booked for illegal transportation of liquor into Bihar where manufacturing, marketing and consumption of alcohol are banned since April last year, the excise official said.
The consignment from Haryana had been brought for sale in rural areas of the district, he said.