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Smuggling from Haryana worries Sangrur residents

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Parvesh Sharma

Tribune News Service

Sangrur, August 3

Sangrur residents fear Tarn Taran-like liquor tragedy as smuggling of liquor from Haryana goes on unabated. The “home delivery” of Haryana-made liquor is allegedly available at cheaper rates in the border district. The Sangrur police have registered 282 FIRs pertaining to liquor seizure and arrested 334 suspects since May.

“Haryana-based liquor smugglers have been supplying liquor at rates almost 50 per cent less than that of Punjab liquor in many villages. Home delivery is also available. Since there is no information on smuggled liquor’s quality, it could cause major health problems among residents,” said Dharminder Pashore, Lehra block president, BKU Ugrahan.

In 2019, the Sangrur police registered 883 FIRs, arrested 1,054 suspects, sealed nine illegal distilleries and seized 2,134 litres of lahan (raw material to prepare liquor) and 79,584 litres of liquor. This year since May, the police have registered 282 FIRs, arrested 334 suspects and sealed nine illegal distilleries and seized 4,393 litres of lahan and 18,681 litres of smuggled liquor.

Sangrur SSP Dr Sandeep Garg said their special patrolling teams were conducting round-the-clock checks in border villages. “The registration of a high number of liquor seizure cases shows that our teams are working hard,” said Garg.

from The Tribune

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