Raids eyewash, bid to protect distilleries: SAD - ECAS Punjab

Raids eyewash, bid to protect distilleries: SAD

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Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, August 4

The Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) today condemned the Congress government's efforts "to divert attention from the role of two distilleries associated with Congress leaders in the spurious liquor tragedy by making raids on bootleggers manufacturing country liquor".

Addressing a press conference, SAD spokesman Dr Daljit Singh Cheema said it was shocking that the Congress government was refusing to take any action against the two distilleries closest to the site of the tragedy even after evidence that denatured spirit was used in the illicit liquor.

He said despite this the distilleries were not sealed and no attempt was being made to audit extra neutral alcohol (ENA) in their possession.

"Instead raiding parties are fanning out in the state to seize lahan in an attempt to divert attention from the real issue," he said.

Dr Cheema said simultaneously, the huge amount of lahan seized in one week indicated that the government was allowing loss of excise revenue for the past over three years.

He said the people wanted to know why the CM was shying away from exposing and punishing the real culprits? "They also want to know why the CM has not found it fit to visit the victim families till now?" he said.

Dhindsa faction for ED probe

Chandigarh: A delegation led by former Union Minister and rebel SAD leader Sukhdev Singh Dhindsa on Tuesday met Governor VP Singh Badnore. Dhindsa, accompanied by former minister Sewa Singh Sekhwan and former MLA Bir Devinder Singh, alleged that the Congress government had failed to rein in the liquor mafia. The leaders demanded an ED probe in the case.

'Call special session'

The SAD on Tuesday said since two Congress MPs had expressed "no confidence" in the leadership of the CM as well as the government's commitment to check the sale of illicit liquor, the latter should call a special session of the Vidhan Sabha. Former MP Prof Prem Singh Chandumajra said even Congress MPs were petitioning the Governor to order a twin inquiry by the CBI as well as the ED into the illicit liquor trade.

from The Tribune

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