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No money recovered in fake liquor case in Punjab

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Aman Sood

Tribune news service

Patiala, June 14

Almost a month after an illegal liquor distillery involving a Congress sarpanch was busted, the police despite arresting all main accused have failed to recover any money.

Congress-backed Khanpur Khurd sarpanch Amrik Singh, who is in the liquor trade for the past few years, and another main accused in the case Dipesh Kumar, who allegedly set up the illegal distillery, are now under arrest and being grilled by the police. Amrik surrendered on Saturday following police raids and political pressure.

As per excise officials, the illegal distillery was running on full swing during the lockdown and selling liquor worth lakhs every day. If only lockdown phase profits are calculated, the money earned is in crores. "We can only say that Dipesh and Amrik sold liquor worth lakhs every day, selling popular brands and saving lots of money. It is now part of police investigation to recover the money from the accused as we handed over the investigation to the police after an FIR was registered," said Upkar Singh, Excise and Taxation officer, Patiala.

"Dipesh even met a few excise officials and it is still not clear if it was done to directly bribe them," said a top source. "Dipesh used a strong political recommendation to approach certain excise officials," he added.

The SAD alleged that following political pressure and many big names from the political circles involved in the investigations, the police were not digging too deep to identify the money trail.

Ghanaur DSP Manpreet Singh said they were grilling the two accused to identify the money trail and profits made by them. "It is too early to comment as we are still to question Amrik Singh in detail," he added.

from The Tribune

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