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Sunday, 13 September 2020

Liquor with fake labels seized in Ambala

Ambala, September 12

The police have seized illicit liquor in bottles with labels of popular IMFL brands —McDowell's No 1, Old Monk, Imperial Blue and Royal Challenge — from two godowns at Mandour village here.

Sources said the liquor was allegedly smuggled to Gujarat and Rajasthan in boxes of aloe vera juice. The police identified the key suspect as Nikhil Patel from Gujarat. The lid was blown off the scam after a transporter, whom Patel allegedly approached to ferry 150 boxes in a Canter to Gujarat, got suspicious and hastened to inform the police.

Targeting brands

  • Bottles found with labels of popular brands McDowell's No 1, Old Monk amp; Royal Challenge
  • Allegedly smuggled in aloe vera juice boxes to Gujarat as well as Rajasthan
  • Transporter hired to ferry the boxes exposed the scam

The police impounded the Canter and further investigation led them to the two godowns in Ambala. The owners of the godowns said they had rented out the properties and had 'no idea' about the liquor stock.

Rajesh Kalia, SP, said, "Excise officials have been called to check the stock and labelling. One of the godowns belongs to a retired policeman." — TNS

from The Tribune

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