Two women arrested in connection with Mumbai’s biggest hooch tragedy were Monday produced before a Metropolitan Magistrate Court and remanded in police custody till June 26.
The prosecution sought remand of Mamta Rathod (30) and Agnes Gracy (50) on three grounds. It wanted to establish if there were more people operating the racket, trace the origin of the racket, and find the source of the liquor whether they brewed it themselves or procured it from somewhere else.
Both residents of Malwani, they allegedly run liquor dens in the slums. They were picked up from Malad Sunday afternoon, and placed under arrest in the evening after questioning.
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Both the accused used to buy spurious liquor from Francis D’Mello, one of the five accused arrested earlier and would then sell it. We are now interrogating D’Mello about the source and supply routes of the liquor, the police earlier said.
A Crime Branch officer said they searched D’Mello’s residence and found around 1,100 litres of spurious liquor in several barrels. “The quantity suggests a large-scale and highly organised racket, and we are probing further,” he said.
“The hooch was brought through the sea route by the main accused, identified as Raju. We suspect it was brewed either near the creeks of Bhayander or on the Madh or Gorai islands in Mumbai,” said a senior officer. Police officers said no new patient was admitted to hospitals after Saturday afternoon, and some of the patients showing mild symptoms of chemical poisoning had been discharged.