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Major crackdown, 17 more arrested in Punjab

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Tribune News Service
Chandigarh, August 1

The Punjab Police today arrested 17 more persons in a major crackdown spanning more than 100 raids in the three affected districts of Amritsar Rural, Gurdaspur and Tarn Taran, along with several other places in and around Rajpura and Shambhu border. With this, 25 persons have so far been arrested.

'Lahan' seized

  • The teams seized large quantities of 'lahan' from various villages and dhabas in the region around Shambhu border, Rajpura and Patiala

  • The dhabas, including Zilmil dhaba, Green dhaba and hhinda dhaba on the Shambhu border, Banur and Rajpura, have been sealed

  • One of the key arrested accused who was bringing spurious liquor from Tarn Taran to Amritsar Rural area has been identified as Govinderbir Singh

A mafia mastermind, two women kingpins, a transport owner, a wanted criminal and owners/managers of various dhabas from where the illicit liquor was being supplied were among those arrested, said DGP Dinkar Gupta.

The teams also seized large quantities of 'lahan' (spurious liquor) from various villages and dhabas in the region around Shambhu border, Rajpura and Patiala, he said, adding the raids had exposed a massive racket involving illicit liquor trade, extending across several districts.

The dhabas, including Zilmil dhaba, Green dhaba and Chhinda dhaba on the Shambhu border, Banur and Rajpura, have been sealed.

As much as 750 litres of 'lahan' was seized from Baghaura village from where two — Satnam and Rashem — were arrested, while another, Lakhwinder, was identified as a suspect.

Kingpins Darshan Rani, alias Faujan, and Triveni Chauhan were arrested by the Batala police, while another key accused Beeri, of Deo village in Tarn Taran was arrested for supplying spurious alcohol.

Prem Singh, owner of Azad Transport, and Bhinda, wanted by Tarn Taran police, were arrested by the Rajpura police today.

In a raid at Zilmil dhaba, whose manager Narinder Singh has been arrested, 200 litres of 'lahan' was seized. Dhaba owner Harjit Singh has been named in the FIR.

At Green dhaba on the Rajpura-Chandigarh road, around 200 litres of suspect liquid was recovered. The dhaba has been sealed and its owner Gurjant Singh arrested. Narinder Singh, the owner of Multani dhaba, has also been arrested.

One of the key arrested accused who was bringing spurious liquor from Tarn Taran to Amritsar Rural area has been identified as Govinderbir Singh, alias Gobinda, of Jandiala. He was the mastermind of the mafia in Amritsar rural district.

Describing the modus operandi, the DGP said trucks carrying spirit would stop at six to seven identified dhabas and their owners would collect the illicit liquor and sell it to Bhinda of Rajpura and Bittu of Banur. The spirit was being supplied by them to Amritsar and surrounding areas.



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