The Fact News Service
Chandigarh, June 12
Cracking down on illicit liquor trading and smuggling from across the border, the Ropar police on Friday arrested five persons and seized the biggest ever cache of illicit liquor, in a massive 10-hour long operation in Himachal villages of Majri and Dabt.
Seven working stills and 2 lakh kgs of Lahan were seized in the operation, carried out from 3 am till 1 pm, in a dense forest area. The police team had to cut through the dense and thorny undergrowth to get in, said Ropar SSP Swapan Sharma, adding that the operation was carried out jointly with the Himachal police.
As many as 22 police teams comprising seven police personnel each participated in the operation. The teams cordoned off the entire area around the villages, located about 2 kilometres from the Punjab border, said Sharma, adding that the search operation covered six kilometres long stretch along the state border.
Investigations were in progress to trace further links of the accused across Punjab and Himachal Pradesh, Sharma said.
SSP Sharma said that in these two Himachal villages, smugglers take advantage of the forest cover and the lack of access in the tough terrain to sneak from Himachal Pradesh into Punjab with their hauls. In the last 5 years, 26 cases in Punjab and 38 cases in Himachal have been registered against people hailing from these areas.