Chandigarh, Dec 30 (MNN) A gang involved in the smuggling of liquor into Punjab from adjoining Chandigarh and Haryana has been busted with the seizure of 3,000 bottles of the brew and arrest of two persons, a senior Excise officer said on Thursday.
A truck bearing registration number PB30K2561 was seized as it was found laden with 250 cases of smuggled liquor, meant for sale in Chandigarh, in Morinda in Rupnagar district, Punjab Joint Excise Commissioner Naresh Dubey said.
The consignment was brought from a vend in Chandigarh and was meant to be transported to Moga.
An FIR dated December 30 was registered in Morinda against accused Manpreet Singh of Kandyal village in Dharamkot in Moga district and Prem Singh of Tarn Taran, who were arrested on the spot after they failed to produce documents for transportation of liquor.
The accused allegedly confessed to smuggling liquor from Chandigarh to Punjab many times in the past and supply of the same to bootleggers in Moga district.
Dubey said the Excise Department and Punjab Police have tightened the noose on persons involved in liquor smuggling, under the guidance of Excise Commissioner Rajat Agarwal, Deputy Commissioner (Excise) Patiala Range Rajpal Singh, and Rupnagar SSP Vivek Sheel Soni.
Agarwal said that the Excise Department is following a zero-tolerance policy on smuggling of liquor or any other illegal excise-related activity in view of the coming Vidhan Sabha elections.
The entire chain of forward and backward linkages leading to disclosure of main suppliers and recipient of smuggled liquor is being pursued expeditiously.
The officer said that if any liquor contractor is found involved in this racket during investigation, strict action as per the law will be initiated against him.
The department has stepped up vigil in all districts of the state in view of the Assembly elections.
Special patrolling is undertaken and checkpoints set up on interstate borders and smuggling-prone areas. The Excise and Taxation Department has started a toll-free number 98759 61126 for receiving complaints from aware citizens.