Week on, police mum on owner of seized liquor
The senior superintendent of police (rural) might have been patting the back of his officials for solving the December 25 robbery of Rs 32 lakh in Nakodar but the police have so far failed to reveal the identity of the accused in the recent case of recovery of huge quantity of country-made liquor in Goraya.punjab Updated: Mar 31, 2014 10:29 IST
The senior superintendent of police (rural) might have been patting the back of his officials for solving the December 25 robbery of Rs 32 lakh in Nakodar but the police have so far failed to reveal the identity of the accused in the recent case of recovery of huge quantity of country-made liquor in Goraya.
The Goraya police are yet to name the owner of the seized liquor over a week after it was recovered from ten trucks during a naka near Chachori village.
The police had earlier claimed that they were checking various documents, including registration certificates of the ten trucks and driving licences of the arrested truck drivers, to ascertain the place from where they had loaded liquor.
Meanwhile, all the 11,555 boxes of liquor have now been stored into the new building of the Goraya police station, which is yet be inaugurated.
Sources said that under political pressure, the police officials are not taking any action against the accused in this case. They revealed that ten truck drivers, who remained in two-day police custody, were interrogated but police officials are mum on its outcome.
Seeking anonymity, a senior official said that after interrogation of truck drivers, police got the name of the contractor who had booked the trucks for delivery of liquor boxes in Goraya or nearby areas.
He said police later contacted the union of liquor vendors and with their help, even identified the contractor of liquor but failed to act further.
Liquor, he pointed out, is used to lure voters and such an incident in the run-up to the polls is not a new thing.
Goraya SHO DS Gill said, "We are investigating the case seriously and very soon, the police will trace the person who is owner of these boxes."
He said that all the ten truck drivers have been sent to judicial custody and on the basis of documents seized from the trucks, investigation is still on.
He said that excise officials are busy into auction-related works and hopefully, they will join the police to help investigate the case after April 7.
When contacted, superintendent of police (detective) HPS Khakh refused to comment on the matter and asked HT to contact senior superintendent of police (SSP) for an official version on this case.
SSP Jaspreet Singh Sidhu, however, remained inaccessible even as HT tried to contact him on his official number.
As per HT's investigation, the entire consignment was meant to be distributed in Goraya town and its surrounding areas in atotal of 22 trucks ahead of the Lok Sabha elections. On March 22, as many as 10 trucks loaded with illicit liquor were seized by the police. Of the remaining 12 trucks, seven escaped from other routes while five were not yet loaded, the police added.
Of the impounded vehicles, three trucks were stationed near a Dhaba near Goraya on the Jalandhar-Phagwara highway while seven trucks were parked in the Goraya grain market.
The police took two days for counting of liquor boxes, recovered from the 10 trucks.
The police had arrested 10 truck drivers who were identified as Dharminder of Boota village, Ashwani Kumar of Kishanpura, Gurnam Singh of Model House, Kulwinder of Shaheed Babu Labh Singh Nagar, Ajaib Singh of Sarabha Nagar in Ludhiana, Balkar Singh of Naugaja village in Kapurthala, Amarjit Singh of Kagniwal village and Gurbax Singh of Sunder Nagar in the city.