Gujarat ATS, which is probing the hooch tragedy that claimed 23 lives at Vareli village in Surat district, has now decided to question senior employees of two chemical and pharmaceutical companies in Mumbai and Bharuch.
So far, the Gujarat police have arrested 14 people in connection with the case, including main accused Ramu Yadav, a resident of Kadodara in Surat.
Sources in the ATS said it was found that the methanol, mixed in the hooch, was loaded in tankers from Mumbai-based Ages Company and delivered to Glenmark Pharmaceuticals in Bharuch. They said Ramu Yadav has confessed to have purchased methanol from the drivers of at least three tankers.
The drivers have been identified as Kailash Tiwari, Manoj Verma and Deepak Pandit. They are in the custody of the ATS.
ATS officials said that the pilfering of methanol from the tankers was done somewhere on NH-8 near Kadodara and Ramu Yadav purchased the spirit from the drivers at least three times.
DSP (ATS) K K Patel said, “We have gathered important information from the accused, including tanker drivers and bootlegger Ramu Yadav. In sometime, we will question officials of Glenmark Pharma of Bharuch and Ages Company of Mumbai…. Glenmark Pharma should also have complained about less stock of methanol supplied to it after receiving the delivery.”