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Saturday, 3 October 2020

Rs 25 lakh liquor from Haryana seized in Uttar Pradesh

Tribune News Service amp; pti

Noida/Chandigarh, October 2

Whiskey worth Rs 25 lakh being illegally transported from Haryana to West Bengal was seized in Greater Noida by the UP Police, officials said on Friday. They added that two men who were injured in a gunfight with security personnel were arrested.

Deputy Commissioner of Police, Greater Noida, Rajesh Kumar Singh said around 350 cartons of liquor (Imperial Blue) were seized from a truck which was going from Ambala to Kolkata. "The liquor seized is estimated to be worth Rs 25 lakh," he said.

The officer said the truck was intercepted in Dadri police station area late on Thursday night after a gunfight broke out between the policemen and the two accused, who got hit on their legs.

"The accused got injured in retaliatory firing and were taken to a hospital for treatment before being taken into custody," DCP Singh said. The liquor cartons were hid in between pieces of gypsum in the truck, he said.

Those held have been identified as Hardeep Kumar, a native of Fatehgarh district in UP, and Haakim Yadav, who belongs to Gwalior in Madhya Pradesh, the police added.

Inquiries in Haryana revealed that Imperial Blue, also known as Seagram's Imperial Blue manufactured in India by Pernod Ricard, is being bottled in Ambala by NV Distilleries Pvt Ltd.

Based in Rajpura town of Punjab, NV Distilleries, also have a unit at Badhauli village of Ambala district.

The Tribune contacted Shiv Kumar Sinha, executive vice-president (sales and marketing) of NV Distilleries, for his comments on the liquor seized in Greater Noida, but he disconnected the call after listening to the question.

He did not respond to repeated calls.

However, the distilleries' website claims Imperial Blue is being bottled in its Ambala plant.

An officer of the Excise and Taxation Department said Imperial Blue whisky is bottled at NV Distillery Pvt Ltd in Badhauli and another distillery in Dera Bassi. Then, the liquor is supplied to the depots in Ambala, Chandigarh and Gurugram. The liquor for Haryana is supplied from Ambala and Dera Bassi and, for Chandigarh, liquor is supplied from Dera Bassi.

from The Tribune

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