Crackdown continues, 1,489 FIRs, 1,034 arrests in a week - ECAS Punjab

Crackdown continues, 1,489 FIRs, 1,034 arrests in a week

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Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, August 6

With 197 new cases and 135 more arrests in the past 24 hours, the police have busted several modules as part of the statewide crackdown on liquor mafia, while further tightening the noose around suspects in the spurious liquor tragedy case.

A total of 284 drums of methanol were seized from the Millar Ganj (Ludhiana) shop/godown of the key accused, Rajiv Joshi, who had sold the three drums that had triggered the chain of deaths in three districts.

DGP Dinkar Gupta said while investigations into the tragedy were continuing, the police continued with coordinated raids across districts on the orders of the Chief Minister. The last 24 hours saw the recovery of 1,528 litres of illicit liquor, 7,450 kg of lahan and 962 litres of smuggled liquor in raids at various locations, he said, adding that 11 working stills were also recovered in 197 cases registered since yesterday.

Since the raids started in the wake of the tragedy, a total of 1,489 FIRs had been registered and 1,034 persons had been arrested, said Gupta.

A total of 29,422 litres of illicit liquor, 5,82,406 kg of lahan, along with 20,960 litres of alcohol/spirits, had been seized and 73 working stills recovered in the statewide raids.

from The Tribune

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