Fake liquor worth `1.5L seized, 2 held

Hindustan Times ST (Mumbai) - HT Navi Mumbai Live - - HT NAVI MUMBAI - Pranab Jy­oti Bhuyan pranab.bhuyan@hin­dus­tan­times.com

NAVI MUM­BAI: Fake liquor worth Rs1.5 lakh was seized by Taloja po­lice dur­ing a raid at a fac­tory on Thurs­day. Two pro­pri­etors of the fac­tory were ar­rested.

Act­ing on a tipoff, a po­lice team led by as­sis­tant com­mis­sioner SB Surya­van­shi raided the fac­tory at Sid­dhi Kar­avali vil­lage in the early hours of Thurs­day and ar­rested Yo­gesh Patil, 30, and Suresh Patil, 27.

“The sus­pects would bring al­co­hol from a com­pany in Goa by train,” said Surya­van­shi.

“Once the al­co­hol reached their fac­tory, they would mix wa­ter and other ma­te­ri­als in the al­co­hol. They would also pur­chase empty bot­tles of branded liquors from scrap deal­ers and fill those with the fake al­co­hol pre­pared in their fac­tory,” he added.

The duo would seal the bot­tles and then sell those to labour­ers in nearby fac­to­ries and road­side shops.

Ac­cord­ing to Surya­van­shi, the po­lice had been keep­ing a tab on the cul­prits for the past eight months.

“We were un­able to ar­rest them ear­lier be­cause of lack of ev­i­dence. Fi­nally, we man­aged to ar­rest them red-handed on Thurs­day. One more per­son in­volved in the crime is ab­scond­ing and we are search­ing for him,” said Surya­van­shi.

Sachin Jag­tap, sub in­spec­tor of Taloja po­lice sta­tion said, “We have also seized around 4,000 empty bot­tles of branded liquors and a few ma­chines used to seal the bot­tles. It is not clear if the sus­pects have any net­work for sell­ing the liquor in the area. Our in­ves­ti­ga­tions are on.”

The po­lice have booked the ac­cused un­der sec­tions 420, 511, and 43 of the In­dian Pe­nal Code (IPC). They were pro­duced be­fore the ju­di­cial court on Thurs­day.

BACHCHAN KU­MAR

Po­lice of­fi­cers dis­play the fake liquor bot­tles re­cov­ered from the raid at a fac­tory in Taloja on Thurs­day.

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