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Ropar police seize 2 lakh litres of lahan

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Tribune News Service
Ropar, June 12

The district police seized a large quantity of 'lahan' and destroyed some of it in the 10-hour-long operation against liquor smuggling along the Himachal Pradesh border, near here, today.

Liquor trade racket under ED lens

Jalandhar: The Enforcement Directorate (ED) office has begun probe into the illicit liquor racket busted in Punjab and has sought details of FIRs registered in the matter. Deputy Director of the ED has sought the details of the accused, their property, loss to the government exchequer and other assessments made by the teams of excise officials. The official wants to ascertain the money trail and look into the suspected violations under the Prevention of Money Laundering Act.

Senior Superintendent of Police Swapan Sharma said 2 lakh litre of 'lahan' was seized in the operation, which was launched at Majari and Dabt villages, located 2 km inside the jurisdiction of HP.

Dense forest, thorny bushes and seasonal rivulets, all factors favouring the liquor mafia, made it difficult for officials conducting the operation.

Besides 2 lakh litre of 'lahan', seven working stills were found and five persons were held in this connection, said the SSP. The local police were also roped in to carry out the operation.

Twenty two police teams with seven cops each started the operation at 3 am and continued the search till 1 pm. This had been the highest recovery in the state till now, said the SSP.

Sharma said taking advantage of terrain and foliage, the mafia continued to thrive in the area despite registration of 26 cases against them in Punjab and 38 cases in Himachal Pradesh in the last 5 years.

from The Tribune

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