Bathinda/Phillaur, May 18
After directions from Chief Minister Capt Amarinder Singh, the Bathinda police booked 14 persons under the Excise Act in a single day. The police also seized illicit liquor in large quantity.
Acting on a tip-off, the Bathinda Sadar police constituted various teams and conducted raids in Bir Talab basti. It arrested Manjit Singh, a resident of basti number-2 with 45-litre ‘lahan’ and a bottle of country-made liquor, and Jasvir Singh of the same area with 200-litre lahan.
The police also seized 200-litre lahan from the house of Jaswant Singh and 300-litre lahan from the house of Raj Singh and Binder Singh. The team arrested Gurbaksh Singh and seized 100-litre lahan and 20-litre illicit liquor.
In another case, the Nandgarh police arrested Mukhya Ram with 30-litre lahan, Krishan Singh with 20-litre illicit liquor, Fuman Singh with 150-litre lahan, Balraj Singh with 15-litre lahan and a bottle of liquor and Jaswant Singh with seven bottles.
The Rampura Sadar police arrested Kanta Singh with 100-litre lahan and Gura Singh with 70-litre lahan.
Meanwhile, in a major crackdown against illegal liquor trade, the Jalandhar (Rural) police registered 14 FIRs at various police stations, arrested seven persons and recovered huge quantity of hooch.
Senior Superintendent of Police Navjot Singh Mahal said police parties of Shahkot, Mehatpur, Lohian, Bilga and Phillaur conducted raids on Sunday morning in which huge amount of illicit liquor was seized. He said 225 bottles of illicit liquor, 81,685-kg lahan besides manufacturing equipment, including 14 drums, two cylinders, and other material, was recovered.
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