Il­le­gal liquor worth 1 cr seized on Mum­bai-Goa high­way

Hindustan Times ST (Mumbai) - Live - - THANE - Pranab Jy­oti Bhuyan

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.

PRAFUL GANGURDE

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

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