Police on Sunday claimed to have busted a gang allegedly involved in smuggling of adulterated liquor. The accused - one has been arrested, while four managed to give the police a slip - used to allegedly fill bottles of branded and expensive alcohol brands with the adulterated liquor.
The arrest came after the police on Saturday intercepted a pick-up truck for routine checking and found it loaded with 70 cartons of the illicit liquor. The driver, Chimni Road resident Himmat Kumar, was arrested. On information given by him, police raided a rented accommodation in Shaheed Bhagat Singh Nagar and seized 270 cartons of the adulterated liquor.
Himmat Kumar of Chimni Road has been arrested, while those at large have been identified as Ashwani Kumar alias Kaka of Islam Gunj, Rajeev Kumar alias Ranjha of Miller Gunj, Amandeep alias Lucky Gill of Chhawni Mohalla and Sonu of Shimlapuri.
A case under section 61-1-14 of the Excise Act, Sections 272, 420, 481, 482, 485, 486 of the Indian Penal Code, Section 63 of the Copyright Act and Sections 102 and 103 of the Trademark Act has been registered against the accused at Sarabha Nagar police station.
Addressing a conference on Sunday, additional deputy commissioner of police (ADCP) (crime) Paramjit Singh Pannu said the accused used to procure liquor of cheaper brands from vends on Ferozepur Road and at Jhande village.
The stock that was recovered was to be sold on Dussehra.
Assistant commissioner of police (crime) Gurbans Singh Bains said the house where the accused used to prepare the adulterated liquor belonged to a Jalandhar-based industrialist. The police are verifying whether the houseowner was in the known of the illegal activities.
Police said the accused used to procure empty bottles of different brands from liquor vends, bars and scrap-dealers. Sub-inspector Harbans Singh, the in-charge of anti-narcotic and anti-illicit liquor smuggling wing of the police, said they were also investigating if any liquor vend-owner was buying the illicit liquor in bulk. “We expect more information from the accused,” he said.