Police have arrested Bahadur Singh, alias Kaka, a resident of Nawan Pind Jhawar, after recovering 1,020 bottles of illicit liquor from a Tavera (PB 06 F 0069) that he was driving at a naka at the Purana Shalla Chowk on the Gurdaspur-Mukerian Road on Wednesday night. Bahadur was arrested, but his three accomplices managed to escape under the cover of darkness.
Addressing a press conference in his office on Thursday, Gurdaspur SSP Gurpreet Singh Toor said a police party led by assistant sub-inspector Harbans Singh had set up a barricade.
On seeing the naka, the occupants of the Tavera tried to reverse the car, which aroused the suspicions of the police party and they launched a chase for the car.
"Finally, the police party intercepted the Tavera at Jagatpur village near the 'Shussi' (katcha embankment) along the Beas and the driver was arrested, with the other three accomplices managing to escape," the SSP said.
On interrogation, Bahadur revealed the names of his three accomplices as Rinku of Jaura Chhattran; Bhindi, and another individual who is yet to be identified.
Bahadur told the police that the recovered illicit liquor had been brought from Labha and Sardari, both residents of Chhanni Beli (Himachal Pradesh).
The SSP told that a case under Sections 61, 1 and 14 of the Excise Act had been registered against all four accused at the Purana Shalla police station.