Punjab chief minister Captain Amarinder Singh.
police on Friday arrested seven more
bootleggers from Amritsar
rural, Batala and Tarn Taran districts in over 40 raids conducted by five teams as the toll in the hooch tragedy mounted to 38.
The total number of persons apprehended so far in the spurious liquor deaths’ case has gone up to eight, including Balwinder Kaur, who was arrested on Thursday night from Muchhal village under Tarsikka police station.
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DGP Dinkar Gupta said, “A huge quantity of spurious liquor, drums and storage cans have been recovered from the accused and the same have been sent for chemical analysis to check for constituents of spurious liquor,” said
“Raids were continuing and the police teams would continue to crack down on all those involved in the case,” added the DGP.
Balwinder Kaur and Mithu were arrested from Amritsar rural district, two persons identified as Darshan Rani and Rajan were nabbed from Batala district. Four others, namely, Kashmir Singh, Angrez Singh, Amarjit and Baljit have been arrested from Tarn Taran.
“An FIR has been registered for attempt to murder and criminal conspiracy at police station, Sadar, Tarn Taran against the four accused arrested. Bootleggers had admitted to supplying spurious liquor in Norangabad village. Mithu, who was arrested from Jasso Nangal village, has also admitted his role in the supply of spurious liquor,” the DGP further added.
He said As of Friday evening, 10 persons had died of spurious liquor consumption in Amritsar rural, nine in Batala and 19 in Tarn Taran. The death toll could rise further as the spurious liquor network was evidently spread across many areas.
Punjab chief minister Captain Amarinder Singh has ordered a magisterial inquiry by divisional commissioner, Jalandhar into the hooch tragedy.