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SIT probe into illegal distillery on; Oppn alleges deeper scam

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Tribune News Service

Patiala, May 17

Four days after the police and excise teams raided an illegal distillery-cum-liquor bottling unit at Ghanaur in Patiala, the Opposition has alleged that the illegal liquor trade is linked to illegal mining and gambling.

The Opposition targeted the state government for failing to rein in illegal mining, gambling and illegal liquor trade in Rajpura.

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We demand an HC-monitored probe by a judge as well as a Vidhan Sabha committee to look into the running of illegal distilleries.

Prem Singh Chandumajra, SAD Leader

The role of the Excise Department is under scanner for its "failure" to bust the illegal liquor unit operating for more than a year.

"Excise officials have been accepting bribe. Corrupt officials must be suspended so that their links can be nailed," Congress MLA from Ghanaur Madan Lal Jalalpur said.

Sources say the SIT on Sunday held a meeting in Rajpura and zeroed in on kingpins evading arrest. "It is a matter of investigation that illegal trades in Ghanaur are linked," a senior official said.

Akali leader Surjit Singh Rakhra alleged that the role of some Congress leaders and MLAs in the Ghanaur case was beyond doubt. "Illegal mining and liquor mafia have been operating for years. The beneficiaries of the illegal trade are the same set of leaders," he claimed.

SSP Mandeep Singh Sidhu said, "The SIT is investigating the case. If anyone has any information, he should approach the SIT and justice will be done."



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