Drivers accused in most of 206 FIRs, mgmt spared

Sushil Manav

Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, August 8

During fiscal 2019-20, the Haryana Police registered 206 instances of smuggling of liquor — Indian-made international liquor (IMFL) in addition to nation liquor — mentioning distilleries from the place the consignments had been sourced.

However, in not one of the instances, distillery managements had been made to hitch investigation, as drivers of the confiscated autos had been named as accused.

The particular enquiry staff (SET), headed by IAS officer TC Gupta, constituted at Home Minister Anil Vij’s initiative, has highlighted how the police and excise departments have been going mushy on distillery managements.

The SET has made particular reference to NV Distilleries, Rajpura and Ambala, and RS Distillery, Karnal.

Of the 206 FIRs, the SET regarded into motion taken in 14 instances involving seizure of greater than 100 cartons of liquor. While NV Distilleries figures in most of those FIRs, RS Distillery, owned by Punjab Congress MLA Rana Gurjeet Singh’s household, figures in a single registered in Kurukshetra. In a majority of instances, “Crazy Romeo”, “Blue Mood” and “Party Special”, IMFL manufacturers of NV Distilleries, had been seized.

On June 25, 2019, an FIR was registered on the Mullana police station of Ambala following the seizure of 1,800 instances of liquor originating from NV Distilleries, Ambala. The consignment was loaded onto the truck by supervisor Bhupinder. Similarly, on May 25, an FIR was registered at Kurukshetra by which the accused claimed to be the gunman of one of many administrators of the distillery.

Similar FIRs had been registered at Samalkha, Panipat and different districts involving seizure of 170 to 1,200 instances of liquor. But in not one of the instances, distillery administration was requested to hitch investigation, making drivers or different staff as accused.

Calls and messages to NV Distilleries vp (gross sales and advertising) SK Sinha for remark went unanswered. Rana’s son Rana Inder Pratap Singh, who takes care of RS Distillery, mentioned the FIR was registered in opposition to the truck driver ferrying the consignment. The excise division discovered the consignment paperwork so as, he added.

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