Tribune News Service
Dera Bassi, August 9
The Excise and Taxation Department as we speak raided three chemical models in Dera Bassi and seized 27, 600 litres of illicit chemical containing alcohol. The division claimed it to be the most important haul ever. The raids come after the spurious liquor deaths in Punjab’s three Majha districts.
Four individuals, together with the homeowners of the companies, had been arrested. Those named within the FIR are KP Singh and AK Chaudhary, Allychem Chemicals administrators, Gaurav Chaudhary, the proprietor of Om Solvi Trading Co, and Jagmohan Arora, the proprietor of Pure Chemicals.
Officials suspect the seized liquid to be methyl alcohol. However, the character of the liquid, its components and power would solely be identified by way of gasoline chromatography, a course of that takes two days.
Chemical models purchase pharmaceutical waste from numerous sources and re-distil it. The distillate so obtained is bought as solvent which is additional bought within the identify of spirit and handed on to bootleggers, who promote it as alcohol.
Working in tandem
Police groups of Tarn Taran, Amritsar and the Excise Department are working collectively to bust this new modus operandi of utilizing chemical compounds to provide alcohol. — Rajat Agarwal, Punjab Excise Commissioner
During the raid, 82 drums of 200 litres every from Allychem Chemicals, 49 drums from Om Solvi Trading Co, and 7 from Pure Solutions had been seized. Allychem Chemicals, a bulk drug manufacturing unit, has been working at a loss for a while. Excise officers stated these companies equipped the fabric to Binny Chemicals right here which might additional bought it. On July 23, as many as 5,300 litres of chemical compounds had been seized from Binny Chemicals.
Joint Commissioner (Excise) Naresh Dubey stated, “The department obtained a lead after six such containers were seized from the area recently. A joint team of the SIT, Excise Department and the Punjab Police conducted a raid, which began last night. Officials investigating the Tarn Taran deaths were here too. We will find out the source, to whom and where the chemical was to be supplied and through whom.”
Punjab Excise Commissioner Rajat Agarwal, in a video, stated: “Police teams of Tarn Taran, Amritsar and the Excise Department are working jointly to bust this new modus operandi of using chemicals to produce alcohol.”