As the panchayat elections draw near, candidates are luring voters with wine and fake soft drinks.
In the past week, the police have conducted raids at various places and recovered a huge quantity of wine and fake soft drinks.
The police have arrested 27 accused in the past two weeks, 10 of them in the past four days. As many as 19 cases were registered as the police recovered 844 bottles of Indian-made wine and 23 bottles of whisky from different areas.
Besides, the police also recovered 108kg poppy husk, 520 narcotic tablets, 10gm smack and 30gm of opium in these two weeks.
Also, the health authorities have recovered 4,000 litres of fake soft drink that was allegedly made in Ludhiana and was being supplied to Mansa district. An official said they had recovered a large quantity of the fake soft drink that was not good for health. It was seized from a shop at Bhikhi and they were investigating the matter, he added.
Sukhjeet Singh Neena Chahal, resident of Narinderpura village, said, "Voters in the village are being supplied wine; soft drink is also being given to lure voters. Some voters are being distributed money."
SSP Narinder Bhargav said, "We are keeping a round-the-clock vigil to curb supply of drugs and wine. No incident of wine distribution has come to our notice. We will look into the matter and increase the raids. We have arrested a number of accused in a short span and seized a large quantity of wine and drugs."