Illegal liquor hub found by Amritsar police in Punjab’s Baba Bakala village
On Friday, in Baba Bakala sub division of Amritsar district an illegal liquor manufacturing unit was found and five people were arrested. This is the fifth racket to come up this month.
A five-hour search was conducted by a team of the Amritsar rural police in Jasso Nangal village of Baba Bakala and found 100 tonnes of lahan (raw material used for making illicit liquor), 370 litres of illicit liquor, 10 running stills, 16 tarpaulins, a water tank of 5,000-litre capacity, four drums (each of 200 litres capacity), 50 drums of 50 litres capacity each, eight LPG cylinders and two motorcycles.
The people who were arrested were named as as Baljinder Singh, Gurmeet Singh, Komal Singh, Paramjit Singh and Gagandeep Singh. All of them stay in Jasso Nangal village.
Police said that the illegal liquor was supplied into villages of Amritsar and Tarn Taran. The police further said that the people of the village interfered in the investigation of the illegal supply case that happened last year. They stated Baba Bakala sub division as the main hub of the supply.
In July and August last year, at least 140 people dies after consuming liquor in Amritsar, Tarn Taran and Gurdaspur.
Senior superintendent of police (SSP) rural Dhruv Dahiya said that the police has been in full act to find out the accused that have been producing illicit liquor
“A team of nearly 150 policemen was formed for a cordon and search operation, which continued from 8pm to 1am,” he said.
“We are identifying the assets the accused have accumulated from this illegal trade. It shall be attached,” he said.
He further added that investigation to ascertain the identity of those to whom the illicit liquor was being supplied in various villages was on.
At the Khalchian police station, a case was registered under the Excise Act.
For this month, this is the fifth illegal racket that has been busted by the Amritsar police.
Earlier, such rackets were unearthed at Kotli Sakka, Chappa Ram Singh, Lakhuwal and Khiala Kalan villages with the recovery of hundreds of tonnes of lahan.