Tribune News Service
Chandigarh, August 9
Punjab Excise Department seized 27,600 litres of illicit chemical containing spirit in raids conducted at factories at Dera Bassi in Mohali on Sunday, officials said.
The raids were conducted at three factories---Allychem Laboratories Pvt. Ltd, Om Solvi Trading and Pure Solutions.
Seven people have so far been arrested in these raids. The factories have now been sealed. The raids are a joint operation between the excise department, police and SIT. Officials said the excise team found a factory in Dera Bassi manufacturing unauthorised chemicals like isopropyl alcohol stored in 136 drums of 200 litres each.
"We had received information that some factories were producing some chemical containing alcohol. Acting upon it, we raided factories at Dera Bassi," said Excise Commissioner Rajat Aggarwal.
A week before the hooch tragedy in Majha region, over 5000 litres of denatured spirit was seized from another chemical manufacturer Binny chemicals, which was sold illegally.
KP Singh is the managing director of the bulk drug manufacturing company Allychem Laboratories Pvt. Ltd, the Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change said. --- With PTI
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