Death toll in Punjab hooch tragedy rises to 86; police arrest 17 extra

Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, August 1

The dying toll within the Punjab hooch tragedy rose to 86 with 48 extra folks reported useless on Saturday after consuming spurious liquor, prompting the state authorities to droop seven excise and 6 police officers.

Sixty-three of the deaths had been reported from Tarn Taran district, 12 in Amritsar and 11 in Gurdaspur’s Batala, officers mentioned.

The police additionally launched a large crackdown spanning greater than 100 raids within the three affected districts of Amritsar Rural, Gurdaspur and Tarn Taran, together with a number of different locations in and round Rajpura and Shambhu border.

The whole variety of arrests within the case has gone as much as 25.

A mafia mastermind, a girl kingpin, a transport proprietor, a wished felony and homeowners and managers of varied dhabas from the place the illicit liquor was being provided are among the many arrested accused, DGP Dinkar Gupta mentioned.

The raiding events have additionally seized massive portions of ‘lahan’ from varied villages and dhabas within the area round Shambhu border, Rajpura and Patiala, he mentioned, including that the raids had uncovered a large racket in illicit liquor, extending throughout a number of districts.

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The dhabas, recognized as Zilmil Dhaba, Green Dhaba, Chhinda Dhaba on Shambhu border, and Banur and Rajpura in Patiala, have been sealed.

As a lot as 750 litre of Lahan had been seized from Baghaura village from the place two individuals, Satnam and Rashem, had been arrested whereas one other, recognized as Lakhwinder, had been recognized as a offender.

Kingpin Darshan Rani alias Faujan was arrested by Batala Police, whereas one other key accused Beeri, of Deo village, Tarn Taran, has additionally been arrested for supplying the spurious alcohol.

Prem Singh, the proprietor of Azad Transport, and Bhinda (wished by Tarn Taran Police) had been arrested by Rajpura police in raids carried out at the moment.

According to the DGP, raids had been carried out on the home of Rupinder Singh, resident of Thuha, however he had not been there for the previous many days. Bittu is a pal of Hardeep Singh alias Kachhu, arrested by CIA Jalandhar Rural just lately, and Kachhu’s Scorpio automobile was recovered from Bittu’s residence.

In the raid at Jhilmil dhaba, whose supervisor Narinder Singh have been arrested, 200 litre of Lahan was seized. The dhaba proprietor, Harjit Singh, has been named within the FIR.

At Green Dhaba, Rajpura-Chandigarh Road PS Zirakpur, roughly 200 litre of diesel-like liquid was recovered in small containers, which truck drivers had been promoting to the dhaba proprietor. The dhaba has additionally been sealed and its proprietor Gurjant Singh has been arrested.

One Narinder Singh, the proprietor of Multani Dhaba, has additionally been arrested within the case, mentioned the DGP.

Another 150 litre of Lahan was recovered from one Parminder Singh and 200 liter from Baljit Singh. Both these males have additionally been arrested.

One of the important thing arrested accused who was bringing spurious liquor from Tarn Taran to Amritsar Rural space has been recognized as Govinderbir Singh of Jandiala City. He was the primary mastermind of the mafia in Amritsar Rural District.

Describing the modus operandi of the accused, the DGP mentioned the vans carrying spirit can be stopped at 6-7 recognized Dhaba and the Dhaba homeowners collected the hooch from truck drivers and bought it to 1 Bhinda, resident of Pipla street, Rajpura, who was additionally accused in Rajpura manufacturing facility case and Bittu of a village close to Banur. The spirit was being provided by these folks to Amritsar and surrounding areas.

Raids had been persevering with, with Patiala SSP tenting at Rajpura for personally supervising the raids and rounding up the culprits, the DGP mentioned, including that efforts had been on to smash the utterly provide chain of the spurious alcohol.

Meanwhile, one Gurpal Singh of Dhotian in Tarn Taran, who was arrested on July 9 for smuggling of spirit in Phillaur, is being introduced on manufacturing warrant for additional identification of the individuals concerned on this racket. He was arrested with 4,000 litre chemical or spirit in PS Phillaur Police space.

According to the Excise Commissioner, although reviews of the chemical evaluation of the fabric seized in yesterday’s raids had been but to return, a superficial examine confirmed that the fabric was denatured spirit, typically utilized in paint or {hardware} trade.

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