18,000-kg lahan seized, destroyed in Phillaur, Bilga

Tribune News Service

Jalandhar, October 17

In a crackdown on the illicit liquor trade against distillation, a joint team of the Excise and Police Departments conducted raids in the villages touching the Sutlej and destroyed 18,000-kg of lahan here on Friday.

The team comprising Excise inspectors Sukhwinder Mast Jagtar Singh, Baldev Kishan of Jalandhar and Hardeep Singh from the Ludhiana Excise Department and the Bilga SHO raided Mau Saab Sangowal village, Burj falling in Phillaur and Bilga towns.

During the raid, 45 tarpaulins, eight drums containing approximately 18,000 kg of lahan were recovered and destroyed on the spot. A naka was laid on Nakodar Road by Excise inspectors Ram Murti, Ravinder Singh along with CIA staff and recovered 15 cases of Cash Whisky from a car (HR70-5027) and the accused has been identified as Amanpreet Singh of Basti Sheikh.

A spokesman said raids were carried out on the directions of Assistant Commissioner (Excise) Pawanjit. He said a special drive was already going on to wipe out the menace and joint raids by police and Excise officials were based on inputs of tip-offs.

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