Press Reporter News Service
Ghanaur, Might 30
Nearly a 12 months after the Punjab Police unearthed Ghanaur unlawful distillery and shaped a particular investigation staff (SIT) to probe the politician-smuggler nexus and the monetary beneficiaries, the case is in for a quiet burial.
Even the Enforcement Directorate, which registered a case in Jalandhar, had later shifted the file to Delhi. Sources within the police division mentioned the SIT may neither make any additional recoveries, nor set up who pocketed the income made out of the unlawful sale throughout the 2020 lockdown. “There may be nonetheless no clue on the political patronage to the accused, who manufactured unlawful liquor, and the belongings and investments made out of that sale,” mentioned a prime cop.
A lot earlier than the liquor tragedy within the Majha area in August 2020, which killed over 110 individuals, this was one of many first circumstances within the state that highlighted the illicit liquor commerce. The unlawful unit in Ghanaur was run from a chilly retailer and was working at full capability for the reason that lockdown. The accused have been bottling liquor in Royal Stag, Masti Malta, Lajawab Sofia and Raseela Santra bottles, that are wanted liquor manufacturers within the area. The distillery was utilizing ethyl alcohol (ENA), which is used to fabricate sanitisers.
In Might 2020, the police arrested Dipesh Kumar, mentioned to be the kingpin who arrange the unlawful distillery and a each day wager, on the primary day of the raid. Later, Congress-backed Khanpur Khurd sarpanch Amrik Singh and different accused offered themselves to the police.
The police investigation means that the distillery did enterprise throughout the lockdown. Amrik’s spouse is a zila parishad member, affiliated with the Congress. Later, in one other raid just a few months later, Dipesh was once more arrested in one other unlawful liquor haul in Rajpura.
“We may make no monetary recoveries from them, or any income earned by them,” mentioned Ghanaur DSP Jaswinder Tiwana, including: “The challan towards the six accused was offered within the court docket earlier than I joined and now they’re on bail.”
Sources say regardless of confessions by Dipesh throughout the police remand relating to excise and native cops taking bribes and assembly him personally, the problem wasn’t probed intimately. “Even the on-counter sale of the accused, who already owned government-auctioned liquor vends, couldn’t be established,” they mentioned.
The rip-off, in line with the Opposition events SAD and BJP, runs into a number of thousand crores of rupees, with direct hyperlink of sure MLAs.