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Thursday, 22 October 2020

Ambala distillery supplied liquor to dry states: Accused

Mukesh Tandon

Tribune News Service

Panipat, October 21

The NV Distillery chairman, who was arrested recently, has revealed that liquor smuggling trade was spread not only in Haryana but in other states as well, especially at places where it was prohibited, at high profit.

Sonepat cops to question chairman

  • Sonepat SP Jashandeep Singh Randhawa said NV Distillery chairman Ashok Jain was wanted in two cases
  • "We will move court for a production warrant to arrest him in the cases registered in Sonepat," he said

  • As per the police record, maximum illegal liquor cases recovered from the godown in Kharkhoda were of NV Distillery

During preliminary investigation, chairman Ashok Jain said he had established his first distillery in 2008 at Badholi village in Naraingarh, Ambala, and in 2012 the second one in Sandharsi village of Rajpura, Punjab, and another one in Naraingarh and was making spirit in the distilleries to make wine marked Crazy Romeo, Party Special, Imperial Blue of the IMFL and "rasila santra" of country-made liquor.

Jain said in connivance with his managers he had started huge production of liquor and supplied to other states without permit of the Excise Department to earn profit.

The liquor was illegally supplied in containers, trucks and other vehicles of vegetables, fruits and other goods to other states, especially Bihar and Gujarat, where sale of liquor was prohibited, sources said.

DSP Headquarters Satish Vats said the chairman had disclosed during investigation that he was supplying liquor to other states without valid permit of the Excise Department.

Two employees of NV Distillery — Umesh and Shashi Kumar Mittal — had been arrested in an alleged liquor smuggling case registered in Kurukshetra and two others — Kirti Narayan and Shashi Kumar Mittal — were arrested in the cases registered in Panipat.

Meanwhile, the Panipat police arrested liquor smuggling kingpin Bhupender Singh Dahiya of Sisana village in a four-year-old case registered in the Chandnibagh police station with the support of the Sonepat police.

A team of the CM flying squad had raided L-1 in sector 29 in July 2016 and found 18,000 cases of illegal liquor from the adjoining godown.

Godown owner Dharmender of Sisana village was arrested and later it was disclosed that he was working for Bhupender. "The actual owners of the godown were Bhupender Dahiya, Narender of Sheharmalpur village and Ashok Bhandari of HP," said Virender Singh, incharge, CIA-2. Narender and Ashok are yet to be arrested.

from The Tribune

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