Punjab: Toll in illicit alcohol tragedy 84, cops claims role of inter-district racket


Written by Kamaldeep Singh Brar|Amritsar |

Upgraded: August 2, 2020 12: 32: 18 am


As death toll in the booze tragedy mounted to 84 in Punjab, the state authorities on Saturday claimed that it had actually busted an illegal alcohol racket spread across several districts from Tarn Taran to the Shambhu border (Patiala district) with Haryana.

While the death toll in Amritsar stood at 11 on Saturday, it touched 62 in Tarn Taran. Punjab Authorities has linked these 73 deaths in Amritsar and Tarn Taran to an inter-district racket spread.

Batala in Gurdaspur district has so far reported 11 deaths. Police is still probing if the 11 deaths at Batala are related to very same racket or not. The first 7 deaths in the hooch tragedy were reported on the intervening night of Wednesday and Thursday from 2 Amritsar villages– Muchhal and Tangra.

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25 arrests so far

Punjab Cops on Saturday apprehended 17 more persons taking total arrests in the event to25 It claimed to have actually conducted over 100 raids on throughout the day in the three impacted locations– Amritsar (Rural), Gurdaspur and Tarn Taran, along with numerous other locations around Rajpura and Shambhu border.

DGP Dinkar Gupta stated that those jailed include mastermind of the illegal liquor racket, a woman kingpin, a transportation company owner, a desired criminal, apart from owners/managers of various dhabas from where the illicit alcohol was being supplied.

Batala DSP Parvinder Kaur stated, “We are still probing if deaths in Batala are related to nexus busted today. Far we have actually apprehended 5 persons in relation with the deaths in Batala.”

Balwinder Kaur was very first individual to be arrested from Amritsar’s Muchhal town in the case on Thursday evening.

Describing the modus operandi of the accused, the DGP said trucks bring denatured spirit would stop at 6-7 dhabas, that have now been determined. Dhaba owners, said the DGP, would then collect the booze from truck chauffeurs and sell it to one Bhinda from Rajpura and Bittu from a village in Mohali. This spirit would then be provided by these people to Amritsar and its surrounding locations. Denatured alcohol is highly harmful and it can trigger blindness, liver damage and death. A minimum of two victims had grumbled about loss of sight before death in Amritsar’s Muchhal village.

The DGP stated that Bhinda (currently wanted by Tarn Taran Authorities) was apprehended by Rajpura authorities, while raids were performed at the house of Rupinder Singh alias Bittu in Patiala, however he wasn’t discovered there.

The dhabas involved in the racket consist of Jhilmil Dhaba, Green Dhaba, Chhinda Dhaba. All of them have actually been sealed.

Also, 750 litres of lahan (raw material blended for distillation of illegal alcohol) was taken on Saturday from village Baghaura in Patiala from where three individuals– Satnam and Rashem and Lakhwinder– were determined as the ones associated with the racket.

Prem Singh, the owner of Azad Transportation, was also detained by Rajpura cops throughout a raid. Another essential accused Beeri, of village Deo in Tarn Taran, has actually also been detained.

In the raid at Jhilmil Dhaba, whose supervisor Narinder Singh have been arrested, 200 litres of lahan was taken. The dhaba owner, Harjit Singh, has been called in the FIR.

At Green Dhaba on Rajpura- Chandigarh Roadway, police headquarters Zirakpur, roughly 200 litres of “diesel-like” liquid was recuperated in almost 5 little containers, which truck chauffeurs were offering to the dhaba owner. The dhaba has actually likewise been sealed and its owner, Gurjant Singh, has been apprehended.

One Narinder Singh, the owner of Multani Dhaba, has likewise been apprehended in the case, stated the DGP.

Another 150 litres of lahan was recuperated from one Parminder Singh and 200 litres from one Baljit Singh. Both were apprehended in Amritsar.

On the other hand, a guy, Gurpal Singh of Tarn Taran, who was apprehended on July 9 for smuggling of spirit in Phillaur, is being induced production warrant for additional recognition of the individuals involved in this racket. He was arrested with 4,00 0 litres chemical/spirit in Phillaur.

CM suspends 13 import tax, police officials

Throughout his Facebook Live #AskCaptain interaction Saturday, the CM revealed the suspension of ETOs (Excise & Tax Officers) Lovejinder Brar from Gurdaspur, B S Chahal from Amritsar and Madhur Bhatia from Tarn Taran. The Excise & Tax Inspectors (ETIs) who have been suspended with instant result are Ravi Kumar (Gurdaspur), Gurdeep Singh (Amritsar) and Pukhraj from Fatehbad and Hitesh Prabhakar from City Tarn Taran in Tarn Taran district.

The police officials suspended on charges of negligence in task included DSP Jandiala (Amritsar Rural) and DSP Sub-division Tarn Taran, and the SHOs of Tarsikka (Amritsar Rural) police headquarters, Batala city (Batala police district), Sadar Tarn Taran police station and Tarn Taran city police station.

The CM alerted that rigorous action will be taken versus any public servant or others discovered complicit in the case. Describing the police and import tax department failure to check the production and sale of spurious liquor as shameful, he stated nobody will be enabled to get away with feeding poison to our individuals.

Amarinder stated he has directed the cops to trace the perpetrators and charge all the people associated with the case. On Friday, the CM had purchased a magisterial query by Divisional Commissioner, Jalandhar, who has actually been asked to send his report within a month.

Capt heads homicidal govt: SAD

Meanwhile, Shiromani Akali Dal president Sukhbir Singh Badal assaulted the state federal government, alleging that CM Amarinder Singh heads a “homicidal” federal government, which had the “blood of more than 80 Punjabis on its hands”.

In a statement provided in Amritsar, Sukhbir alleged, “The hooch disaster is the direct and natural consequence of the patronage given to Congress leaders, including ministers and MLAs, for freely carrying out widespread illegal liquor trade in the state.

Sukhbir likewise turned down the magisterial probe ordered by the CM and required an independent query by a sitting judge of the Punjab and Haryana High Court.

Reacting to the attack, the Chief Minister prompted Sukhbir not to “politicise the tragedy”, saying such cases had happened earlier too under the SAD- BJP routine.

He said that similar occurrences had actually happened in 2012 and 2016 in Gurdaspur and Batala, respectively and a number of lives were lost. Amarinder pointed out that in the Batala case, no FIR was even signed up and no action taken against the primary accused.

Big wheel will be captured: Kahdoor Sahib MP

Khadoor Sahib MP and Congress leader Jasbir Singh Dimpa on Saturday declared that big wheel will be detained in the current hooch catastrophe. Among the departed, 73 are from Khadoor Sahib parliamentary constituency.

Speaking With The Indian Express, the MP stated, “Those who sold the alcohol to victims have been apprehended. It is our effort to now go after those who had made and supplied spurious liquor for sale. Now police will capture the big wheel.”

He included: “Crackdown of Captain Amarinder Singh on prohibited alcohol trade had actually almost completed small heating systems brewing liquor at the town level. So the smugglers entered this new method operandi of utilizing methanol to make illegal alcohol.”

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