Liquor deaths: Punjab ministers press for motion towards excise officers, cops

Rajmeet Singh

Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, August 5

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Taking up the difficulty of spurious liquor deaths in three Majha districts, Punjab ministers at a Cabinet assembly at the moment pressed for stern motion towards excise and police officers, saying that as an alternative of going after small operators, the masterminds of the illicit liquor commerce have to be nabbed.

Citing the instance of a Ludhiana dealer booked within the case, one of many ministers identified that the police had but to catch these chargeable for supplying denatured spirit. Another minister sought to know the motion taken towards the SSPs transferred out of the affected districts — Amritsar, Tarn Taran and Gurdaspur — and the motion initiated towards excise officers for failure to observe distilleries by which some politicians had stakes. The Opposition has been accusing Congress MLAs of protecting these concerned within the illicit liquor enterprise and liquor smuggling.

Ministers Sukhjinder Randhawa and Bharat Bhushan Ashu demanded that PCOCA (Punjab Control of Organised Crime Act) be slapped on the accused as crime syndicates continued to be run from jail cells with a number of hardcore criminals suspected to have ties with “terrorists”.

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