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Aug 02, 2020
2:11PM

Punjab Police arrest 25 persons in Hooch tragedy case

PTI
Punjab Police has arrested 17 more persons in a massive crackdown in three Hooch tragedy affected districts of Amritsar Rural, Gurdaspur and Tarn Taran, along with several other places in and around Rajpura and Shambhu border. The total number of arrests in the case has gone up to 25.

Punjab Director General of Police Dinkar Gupta said raiding parties have also seized large quantities of home made liquor, Lahan,  from various villages and dhabas in the region.He said, the raids have exposed a massive racket in illicit liquor, extending across several districts.

As much as 750 litres of Lahan had been seized from the village Baghaura. Describing the modus operandi of the accused, the DGP said the trucks carrying spirit would be stopped at 6-7 identified Dhabas. And the Dhaba owners would collect hooch from truck drivers and sell it. The spirit was being supplied by these people to Amritsar and surrounding areas.

According to the Excise Commissioner, though chemical analysis reports of the material seized in yesterday’s raids were yet to come, a superficial check showed that the material was Denatured Spirit, generally used in the paint/hardware industry.

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