No huge fish, solely small-time gamers in police internet to date

Ravi Dhaliwal

Tribune News Service

Batala, August 12

Instead of going after the massive fish answerable for the spurious liquor deaths in Majha, the police and the Excise and Taxation Department have launched a drive in opposition to these manufacturing ‘desi’ alcohol, seizing drums of ‘lahan’. To date, the Batala police have arrested eight individuals, all small-time gamers.

“We are still investigating. We have been told to arrest the big players too,” a key investigator advised The Tribune. Sources mentioned native leaders labored in shut liaison with the world SHO due to vote financial institution politics. The SHOs have been nicely conscious of the bootleggers working of their space, most of whom held a sway over the voters, who have been their purchasers. Significantly, the SHO of the Batala (City) police station was among the many first to be suspended after the liquor deaths. Sources claimed he had been appointed to the place on the instructions of a robust minister.

The police, nonetheless, blamed “archaic laws” for failure to nab the culprits, declaring {that a} tanker carrying spurious liquor had been seized just lately within the very space the place 17 lives have been misplaced. “Exactly 48 hours later, the accused was back in the streets with the supply,” a senior officer mentioned. The Punjab Chief Minister has spoken of the necessity to revisit the Excise Act enacted in 1914. It appears to have turn into ineffective.

Meanwhile, a number of individuals booked in a dozen circumstances in Batala proceed to promote spurious liquor. Triveni Chauhan and her confederate Darshana Faujan, the prime accused within the Majha liquor deaths, have escaped punishment a number of occasions. Each time they’re booked, they go into hibernation for per week or so and are subsequently again in enterprise, “aided by local leaders”, claimed sources.

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