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Tribune News Service

Patiala, August 13

Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) president Sukhbir Singh Badal today demanded that a criminal case be registered against Congress legislator Madan Lal Jalalpur for allegedly running liquor and sand gangs. He accused Chief Minister Capt Amarinder Singh of giving a free hand to his legislators to run an illicit liquor racket in the state.

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Bathinda: BJP workers burnt an effigy of the state government at the Fire Brigade chowk here on Thursday. Vinod Binta, BJP district president, said: "The state government must take strict action against those operating illegal factories of liquor. The families of victims must be given adequate compensation." TNS

Holding a protest in front of the site of an illegal distillery unearthed in Patiala, Sukhbir said Jalalpur was the head of the illicit liquor gang and the Chief Minister was sheltering him by refusing to order a CBI probe into the racket.

He said the government had even refused to hand over the case files regarding the Ghanaur illegal distillery to the Enforcement Directorate. "Even the SSP as well as the excise officials who were pursuing the case have been tranferred," he alleged.

He said: "It seems that the Congress government is deliberately not proceeding against the liquor mafia despite the recent tragedy which claimed more than 110 lives."

from The Tribune

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