Four held with 1,750 bot­tles of il­licit liquor

Hindustan Times (Gurgaon) - - Metro - HT Cor­re­spon­dent htre­porters@hin­dus­tan­

NEW DELHI: In a first of its kind op­er­a­tion, a Delhi Po­lice team has busted an en­tire sup­ply chain of il­licit liquor in­volv­ing sup­pli­ers, re­ceivers, and sell­ers. Four per­sons, in­clud­ing a fa­ther-son duo, have been ar­rested with 35 car­tons con­tain­ing 1,750 bot­tles of Haryana-made liquor smug­gled into the cap­i­tal.

One of the accused ear­lier worked in a film pro­duc­tion com­pany in Mum­bai, po­lice said.

Chin­moy Biswal, deputy com­mis­sioner of po­lice (south­east), said three cars – Fiat Punto, Maruti Es­teem, and Maruti A-Star – that were be­ing used for smug­gling and stor­age of liquor bot­tles were seized from the ar­rested men. He said the al­leged boot­leg­gers used to park the cars filled with car­tons con­tain­ing liquor bot­tles in Okhla in­dus­trial ar­eas to avoid po­lice de­tec­tion. Their clien­tele were mostly workers em­ployed in var­i­ous fac­to­ries and of­fices in the in­dus­trial area.

On Sun­day evening, Biswal said the beat staff were pa­trolling in the in­dus­trial area when they spot­ted three cars parked near an aban­doned industry and a few men wan­der­ing in the area. The po­lice­men be­came sus­pi­cious and hid them­selves at lo­ca­tions from where they could keep a watch on the sus­pects.

“A few min­utes later, four men be­gan shift­ing some boxes from one car to the other two cars. When our beat staff ap­proached them, the men tried to flee but were chased and caught,” said Biswal.

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