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Moga district sees 16 liquor smuggling cases in 2 weeks

Moga district sees 16 liquor smuggling cases in 2 weeks

Kulwinder Sandhu

Tribune News Service

Moga, August 11

Liquor smuggling in Moga district is giving sleepless nights to officials of the Excise and Taxation Department as well as contractors.

Over the last fortnight, at least 16 cases of liquor smuggling have come to light in the district. During the current year, more than 200 such cases have been registered in the district so far.

On August 8, as many as 360 bottles of smuggled liquor were recovered from Baghapurana town while 58 boxes were seized from Moga city on August 6. Similarly on July 30, at least 135 boxes of liquor were recovered from Moga city.

Officials of the Excise and Taxation Department claim that they were regularly checking vehicles entering the district. However, despite efforts liquor is be available here at a relatively lower price than in vends, thanks to the smugglers who even provide home delivery at selected locations in the urban and semi-urban areas.

Sadhan Wali Basti, Hakam Ka Akwarh, Indira Colony and a couple of other localities near Bukkanwala in the Moga city had become the hotspots for the sale of illegal liquor.

One of the main reasons behind liquor smuggling is the high rates on government-approved vends. The smuggled liquor comes not only from adjoining areas, but also from Chandigarh and nearby states.

Another interesting factor that has come to light during the past couple of years is that liquor is being illegally smuggled out of the distilleries and bottling plants on the pretext of sale in other states, but it eventually lands up in the hands of smugglers who sell it at lower prices.

Balwinder Singh, a local contractor, said the problem was not new but for the past few weeks it had increased manifold. He said: “If the sales come down instantly without any reason, it means cheap liquor is coming from other parts.”

Meanwhile, Aam Aadmi Party spokesman Navdeep Sangha, who also has stakes in the liquor business, alleged that local leaders of the ruling Congress and some police officers were hand in gloves with the liquor mafia. “Chief Minister Capt Amarinder Singh must check his own leaders and legislators, who are giving patronage to the liquor smugglers, and take legal action against them,” he demanded.

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