SIT investigates political links with illicit liquor unit in Punjab village of Badal clears vacuum

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Bathinda Two months after former Muktsar Police Chief Superintendent (SSP) D Sudarvizhi formed a three-member Special Investigation Team (SIT) to investigate alleged political patronage of a bottling unit in illegal alcohol in the village of Badal, no progress has been made in the case.

Badal village is the place of origin of President Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) and former Deputy Chief Minister Sukhbir Singh Badal and State Minister of Finance Manpreet Badal.

A senior politician owns a huge plot of land in the area, and it was also a point of reference for SIT to investigate.

On May 22, a team from the State Excise Department led by Co-Commissioner Naresh Dubey raided an orchard in Badal village. A large amount of extra neutral alcohol (ENA), raw material for alcohol, thousands of full and empty bottles, fake holograms, caps, cartons and labels of major brands of foreign alcohol made in India (IMFL) and liquors from the country of Punjab, Haryana, Himachal Pradesh, Sikkim and Daman and Diu were seized in this raid. Three people were arrested on the spot on May 22 while the role of two other suspects is still being verified, he added.

The SIT was formed following allegations that the operators of the makeshift factory had a political connection. Three people, namely Anand Sharma from Hardwar, Pargat Singh and Jashan Singh from Muktsar, were arrested on the spot.

“The role of two other suspects is still being verified,” said new Muktsar SSP Charanjit Singh Sohal, adding that he had asked SIT chief Kulwant Rai, SP (investigation) to speed up the verification / verification details of the land.

Sohal added that the role of a politically influential person remains a point of scrutiny that has yet to be ruled out. “An authorized factory is located within 500m of the illegal unit. An investigation shows that the legal unit was not functional since January of this year, for administrative reasons. The operation of the improvised unit is examined from all angles, ”he added.

“The excise service raided and, in accordance with protocol, submitted details to local police. We are trying to find a suspect, Raja, whom the Excise Department has identified as a suspect. We plan to include an official from the excise department in the SIT to conclude the investigation objectively, ”said Rai, the head of the SIT.

Co-Excise Commissioner Dubey said Muktsar police recently filed a court complaint against the three defendants; the department has not heard from the police since then.

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