Bootleggers having free run, cops hand in glove, allege residents - ECAS Punjab

Bootleggers having free run, cops hand in glove, allege residents

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Tarn Taran, August 20

The tall claims of the police on curbing the illegal liquor trade, following the tragedy that left more than 100 people dead, have "fallen flat" as residents of various villages claim that the business is flourishing with impunity.

Tarn Taran SSP Dhruman Nimbale, however, claimed that stringent measures were taken to curb the illicit liquor trade after the Pandori Gola village hooch tragedy though he admitted that it would take time to stem the problem. "The illegal trade has been running for many decades and it is not possible to end it within 15 days," he added.

2nd suspect in hooch tragedy held

  • The police on Thursday arrested the second suspect, Karanbir Singh, allegedly involved in the death of two residents of Pandori Gola village
  • His accomplice Joga Singh was nabbed on Wednesday. Dilbag Singh and Heera Singh had died after consuming illicit liquor on Tuesday

During a visit to Jodhpur village, a resident said the only difference today was that people had to travel a certain distance for procuring country-made liquor while it was available on the doorstep earlier.

Meanwhile, CPI leaders Prithipal Singh Mari Megha and Devinder Sohal said the supply chain of illegal liquor had not broken as claimed by the administration. The duo alleged that the border area of Algon Khurd village was the main source of illegal liquor supply to the nearby market, where it was sold to customers. Challenging the police, Gurbhej Singh, former sarpanch of Palasaur village, said there were 150 points in his village where illicit liquor was being sold. He said he was ready to show these places to the administration but with the assurance that action would be taken against the accused.

However, most of the villagers preferred to remain tight-lipped fearing that the trade was running under the shelter of the ruling party leaders and the police.

from The Tribune

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