Illegal liquor worth 1 cr seized on Mumbai-Goa highway
NAVI MUMBAI: 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 Mumbai-Goa highway, he jumped out and ran away. 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 had got a tip-off about the consignment around a month ago,” he added.
Sangede said the trailer had a fake registration number. “Even its documents about the goods said that there were raw materials of toothpaste and that those were being transported to Rajasthan from Goa,” he said.
Excise officials with the seized liquor at Palaspe Phata on Friday.