Illicit liquor unit busted in Ambala, three held

The police along with the excise department on Wednesday claimed to have busted an illicit liquor facility at a remote location in Durana village of Ambala-1 block
The accused along with drums of raw material used for making liquor at Durana village on Wednesday. (HT PHOTO)
The accused along with drums of raw material used for making liquor at Durana village on Wednesday. (HT PHOTO)
Published on Mar 11, 2021 12:54 AM IST
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ByBhavey Nagpal, Chandigarh

The police along with the excise department on Wednesday claimed to have busted an illicit liquor facility at a remote location in Durana village of Ambala-1 block.

Country-made liquor that was allegedly being made for supply in Uttar Pradesh (UP) has been seized, the officials said.

The police officials, who raided the newly-constructed building in coordination with the excise department early morning, managed to recover containers with liquor, raw materials, caps, labels and empty containers. However, no empty bottles were found from the building.

It has been learnt that illegal activity was going on in two-three rooms on the first floor and cattle were tied on the ground floor to keep the whole activity a secret.

In-charge of the anti-vehicle theft cell, sub-inspector Gurdarshan Singh, who was leading the raiding party, said that the three accused were arrested and the probe is on.

“Rakesh Kumar, a local, Prahlad Singh of Ambedkar Nagar in UP, and Kuldeep Singh of Kurukshetra were held from the spot. An FIR was lodged and 520 litre country-made liquor, six drums containing 1,350 litre spirit chemicals, bottle caps of different companies, four types of labelled and empty stickers and other raw material were recovered,” Singh said.

Deputy excise and taxation commissioner (DETC) Alok Pasi said that the labels that were recovered were all related to brands of UP. “Liquor was being prepared here for supply in UP. Rakesh, the prime accused, has been a history-sheeter in many cases in UP,” Pasi added.

SSP Hamid Akhtar, in a statement, said that an SIT under the leadership of DSP (HQ) Sultan Singh has been constituted to investigate the case.

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