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Raids yield haul of spurious liquor

Special Correspondent

— Photo: A.Muralitharan

Chennai Suburban Police Commissioner S.R. Jangid inspects the seized fake caps of liquor bottles on Thursday.

TAMBARAM: A huge quantity of spurious liquor, Indian Made Foreign Liquor smuggled from Puducherry, and fake caps of liquor bottles were seized during raids in different locations by personnel of the Prohibition Enforcement Wing of Chennai Suburban Police over the past two days.

Chennai Suburban Police Commissioner S. R. Jangid told mediapersons on Thursday that a team of PEW personnel intercepted Jayaraman of Madambakkam near Tambaram while he was travelling on a two-wheeler with a bag of fake caps.

His interrogation led the policemen to a factory in Tirumazhisai where they recovered several hundred more such fake caps of many IMFL brands.

The company's owner Nabu Lal and his son Rajesh had permission for an aluminum fabrication unit, but as the company started incurring losses they started making these caps after coming in contact with Jayaraman.

Two more men who helped them were also arrested. Nabu Lal received Rs.550 for every kg of fake caps, which were sold in different parts of the State to those involved in adulterating liquor.

The police have launched a search for those involved in the adulteration. In similar raids at Athipattu Main Road in Ambattur and Kamaraj Nagar in Avadi, police recovered a huge quantity of spurious liquor hidden in the houses of two men – D. Ashok and B. Balasubramani.

They would smuggle liquor from Puducherry and adulterate or simply dilute it. They had planned to sell them in illegal bars attached to government liquor outlets during the Pongal festival season, when the TASMAC shops get more than the usual number of customers.

Further investigations are on, police added.

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