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Five held in Punjab village, 390 litres of illicit liquor seized

A team of Punjab Police officials posing for a photo with the seized equipment used for illicit liquor distillation. Photo: DPR/Punjab

Chandigarh, May 2 (MNN) The Punjab Police has arrested five persons to bust an illicit liquor manufacturing unit at Boparai Khurd village in Lopoke area of Amritsar district, officials said on Sunday.

Those arrested are Sarwan Singh, Angrez Singh, Sanjay, Avtar Singh and Resham Singh, all residents of Boparai Khurd.

Amritsar Rural Police seized 1,18,400 kg raw material used for making liquor, 390 litres of illicit liquor, eight stills, 94 drums, four gas cylinders and 20 tarpaulins.

It is the 7th illegal liquor manufacturing unit busted by Amritsar Rural Police in the last two months. As many as 38 bootleggers were arrested and a total of 7,54,100 kg ‘lahan’, 4,061.25 litres of illicit liquor, 57 stills, 1,830 kg jaggery, 297 drums, 78 tarpaulins, 43 gas cylinders, four water tanks, 62 cans and six motorcycles seized since March 1.

Amritsar Rural Senior Superintendent of Police Dhruv Dahiya said that based on specific inputs, police carried out a six-hour operation to unearth the manufacture of illicit liquor.

The police teams were led by Majitha ASP Abhimanyu Rana, DSP (Detective) Gurinder Nagra, DSP (Special Branch) Sukhraj Singh and DSP Attari Gurpartap Singh Sahota.

“Preliminary investigations indicated that the accused had set up a sophisticated and semi – mechanised unit to produce illicit liquor and had extensive distribution chain,” he said.

A case was registered under Sections 61, 78 (2), 1 and 14 of the Excise Act at Lopoke police station and the process to forfeit the properties of the accused was underway.

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