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Spurious liquor recovered, 1 held

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Tribune News Service

Gurdaspur, November 5

Acting on a tip-off, an excise team along with the police today nabbed a person from Pahra village and seized spurious liquor from his possession. The accused has been booked under the Punjab Excise Act.

May be locally made

There are chances that the liquor has been manufactured in some distillery running in or around Gurdaspur. We are looking into that aspect too. - Rajinder Singh Sohal, SSP

The liquor with brand name 'Punjab Choice' is manufactured by a Goa-based distillery and is meant for sale in Uttaranchal. This is what the labels printed on all 47 bottles confiscated by the excise team claim. The flashy labels were later found to be fictitious.

The entire lot could have gone off as some expensive IMFL whisky, but for the fact that neither did the bottles carry the mandatory holograms nor was the degree mentioned.

SSP Rajinder Singh Sohal said had the liquor hit the streets of Gurdaspur, it would have spelt disaster.

For the last several weeks, the cops were trying to nab Kulwinder Singh, alias Kinda, on suspicion of manufacturing and bottling spurious liquor.

He was nabbed from his hideout at Pahra village today and the liquor was seized.

"The liquor was neither manufactured in Goa nor was it meant to be sold in Uttaranchal. All this was done to impress prospective customers," said Sajjan Singh Dhandal, a wine contractor of the area.

"People arrested under the Excise Act are back in business soon after they are booked. Two of the prime accused in the Majha tragedy — Darshana Faujan and Triveni Chauhan — were nabbed on many occasions and every time they would be back," said a police officer.

The SSP said there were chances that the liquor was manufactured in some distillery running in or around Gurdaspur. "We are looking into that aspect too," he added.

He said based on Kinda's questioning, more arrests would be made. "He is not alone in this business which may turn out to be bigger than what it appears to be now," he added.

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