Il­le­gal liquor worth `1.10 crore seized on Mum­bai-Goa high­way

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

Ex­cise of­fi­cials with the seized liquor at Palaspe Phata on Fri­day.

A con­tainer full of liquor which was il­le­gally be­ing trans­ported from Goa to Mum­bai, has been seized by the ex­cise depart­ment of Raigad district on Fri­day. The cost of the liquor would be around Rs1.10 crore, of­fi­cials said.

Act­ing on a tip-off, the of­fi­cials laid trap at Palaspephata, near Pan­vel on Mum­bai-Goa high­way, around 2 am and seized the con­tainer loaded with liquor bot­tles.

As soon as they sig­nalled the driver to stop on the high­way, he jumped out and ran away, leav­ing be­hind the ve­hi­cle.

The 35-year-old cleaner, who is from Ker­ala, was ar­rested.

“The con­tainer had 1,900 boxes of liquor. Each box had 12 bot­tles of 750 ml and 48 bot­tles of 180 ml liquor. They were be­ing trans­ported to Mum­bai,” said Nilesh Sangede, su­per­in­ten­dent of ex­cise depart­ment, Raigad district.

It is not clear who sent the liquor from Goa and who was to re­ceive it in Mum­bai. “We are in­ves­ti­gat­ing the mat­ter to find out the real cul­prits. We had got a tip-off about the con­sign­ment around a month ago and were on alert,” he added.

Sangede said the trailer had a fake reg­is­tra­tion num­ber. “We checked with the RTO of­fi­cials on Fri­day and they in­formed us that no such num­ber was is­sued to any trailer,” he said.

“Even its doc­u­ments about the goods said that there were raw ma­te­ri­als of tooth­paste and that those were be­ing trans­ported to Ra­jasthan from Goa. So it ap­pears to be a crime ex­e­cuted af­ter minute plan­ning. But it will be too early to sus­pect any­one at this mo­ment,” he said.

“We will wait for the court’s or­der on what to do with the seized liquor. If the court al­lows we will dis­pose it,” said an­other of­fi­cial.

PRAFUL GANGURDE

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