The district is leading the tally in liquor seizure instances across Doaba region of the state in one month since imposition of the model code of conduct from January 4 to February 4, till the polling day.
The region has four districts including Jalandhar, Kapurthala, SBS Nagar (Nawanshahr) and Hoshiarpur. A total of 72,299 litre liquor has been apprehended by city and rural police. It includes 62,425 litre (rural police) and 9,874.5 liters (city police). Around 227 first information reports (FIRs) have been registered including 142 filed under the jurisdiction of Jalandhar rural police and 87 by city police under Excise Act.
The Jalandhar city police had recovered 608 illegal liquor boxes on January 24. The boxes were recovered from a godown of an abandoned factory at Reru .
The boxes included foreignbased liquor cases including Bacardi, Antiquity, Royal Stag and Cash. Around 82 bottles of liquor were seized from the house of Akali leader and former captain of Indian hockey team Rajbir Kaur, in Khusropur village of the district on February 2. In one of the incidents, the liquor smugglers tried to run over a head constable during a police checking at Lamba Pind on January 24.
The suspects have been identified as Arwinder Singh Sonu of Aman Nagar, Micky of Dhan Mohalla and their aides Roada and Mani but police are yet to nab them. Smong the major seizures in rural areas, the Lambra police recovered 125 boxes of illegal liquor from a Bolero on January 24. 109 boxes were seized by Maqsudan police on the same day.
Around 958.4 litre liquor was taken into custody by police and 67 FIRs have been filed. The recovery of 300 boxes of liquor from Scorpio by Phagwara police in February was the largest consignment taken into the custody in one month of the election period.
A total of 3092-litre liquor was confiscated and 32 FIRs have been registered.
Around 3,000 liter liquor was recovered and 21 FIRs were filed. A senior official told that the details were shared with the Election Commission of India on the routine basis and action would be taken accordingly in the coming days.