12 held, search on for 8 others - ECAS Punjab

12 held, search on for 8 others

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Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, August 3

The state police on Monday arrested 12 more persons, including two businessmen, and have launched a manhunt for a Ludhiana-based paint business owner, who had initially supplied three drums of spurious liquor that had triggered the wave of deaths.

The police have also launched a departmental inquiry against two DSPs and four SHOs suspended for negligence. The magisterial inquiry ordered by the Chief Minister is also probing the involvement of all suspects, as well as the six police and seven excise and taxation officers whose suspension was ordered by the Chief Minister on Saturday.

The total number of arrests in the case has gone up to 37, including five kingpins of illicit liquor mafia spanned over several districts of the state. A manhunt has been launched for eight more identified accused, including Ludhiana-based paint shop owner Rajesh Joshi, believed to be a key player in the mafia chain, said DGP Dinkar Gupta.

Investigations are also in progress to identify other links, he said, adding that efforts are also in progress to identify various supply routes across districts since there were multiple buyers of the Ludhiana-based businessman, who was still absconding. The DGP said raids were still continuing.

Among the arrests made in the past 24 hours is Ravinder Singh Anand of Moga. He runs a factory manufacturing mechanical jacks. He had bought three cans of 200 litres each of spurious liquor at Rs 11,000 per drum from the Ludhiana businessman. He had recently started manufacturing hand sanitisers.

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