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Gang involved in making illicit liquor busted in Bathinda, 2 held

The local police have busted a gang by arresting two of its members involved in manufacturing of illicit liquor products in the name of premium whisky brands using fake labels and seals on Tuesday.

punjab Updated: Aug 24, 2016 16:45 IST
HT Correspondent
The accused in police custody in Bathinda on Tuesday.
The accused in police custody in Bathinda on Tuesday.(Sanjeev Kumar/HT Photo)

The local police have busted a gang by arresting two of its members involved in manufacturing of illicit liquor products in the name of premium whisky brands using fake labels and seals on Tuesday.

The two arrested accused have been identified as namesakes Daljit Singh both from Chand Bhan village in Faridkot.

The police have booked Baljit Singh, Bittu Singh and Bhola Singh all residents of Chand Bhan and Jasvir Singh from Patiala in the case.

A case under Section 420 (Cheating and dishonestly inducing delivery of property), 465 (Punishment for forgery), 467(Forgery of valuable security, will, etc.), 468 (Forgery for purpose of cheating) and 471 (Using as genuine a forged document or electronic record) of Indian Penal Code (IPC) and excise act has been registered against all the accused at Canal Colony police station here.

Based on a tip-off a police party of Bathinda raided a house in Chand Bhan village in Faridkot and busted the bottling plant the accused were running there.

The police recovered 1,000 empty liquor bottles, 2,000 fake labels of different brands, seals and caps of bottles and boxes used for packing the manufactured product.

“The two arrested accused are the kingpin of the gang,” said Bathinda senior superintendent of police, Swapan Sharma.

“The accused purchased empty liquor bottles from restaurants, hotels and rag pickers at `five per bottle and printed fake labels, boxes and seals in Delhi,” said Sharma.

“The accused would remove the cap of bottles by using hot water, mix cheap quality liquor with some quantity of premium whisky brands to increase the volume, use fake labels and seal the bottle to show it as genuine product,” he said.

“The gang used to sell the product to those involved in smuggling of illicit liquor at a rate cheaper than the market price,” he added.

“The interrogation of accused has revealed they used chemical to give the liquor a proper colour. They have sold over 60, 000 bottles of illegally manufactured spurious liquor in past one year indicating that they have done business of crore of rupees and causing a big loss of revenue to the state,” said SSP adding that the spurious liquor was being sold in different areas in Bathinda.

“The police are searching for other accused including the Patiala based resident and more revelations are expected from them,” said SSP.