Fake liquor worth `1.5L seized, 2 held
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.
Police officers display the fake liquor bottles recovered from the raid at a factory in Taloja on Thursday.