In major embarrassment to Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD), the Mandi Gobindgarh police nabbed Kaushal Mishra, the district president of the SAD’s migrant wing, with 84 bottles of illicit liquor late on Sunday night.
Worse, on Monday, some youth Akali leaders were seen loading boxes of liquor in a car at Fatehgarh Sahib just an hour before the vends were to be closed till voting day, April 30.
About the arrest, station house officer (SHO) Ajaypal Singh said the police had received a tip-off that Mishra was carrying seven boxes containing 84 bottles of Indianmade foreign liquor in his white Indigo car (PB-23-AL-2780).
The police laid a naka near the grain market where he was nabbed and the liquor recovered from his car. A case under the excise and taxation act was registered.
On Monday, around 5pm, an hour before vends were to be closed as per election schedule, a member of the youth wing of SAD and a relative of a senior Akali were seen loading cases of liquor into a Honda sedan from a vend close to the State Bank of India.
Earlier, there was buzz in the constituency on Friday and Sunday night that liquor was being distributed to voters in Mandi Gobindgarh. But when a team of the Election Commission visited a tip-off spot, it found nothing. A senior member of the team said it appeared the information had been leaked.