The accused have been identified as Liladhar Patel (57), a resident of Vapi in Gujarat, Prakashbhai alias Laljibhai Patel (42) of Gujarat’s Mehsana district and Malvani resident Gita alias Simran Sayyed (35). The total number of arrests now stands at 12.
According to the crime branch, Liladhar Patel is the owner of Vapi-based German Ink Co, which supplies various industrial inks, as well printing flexes. Liladhar, the crime branch alleged, supplied ethyl alcohol to several people in Gujarat and Mumbai. “Liladhar Patel received ethyl alcohol from distilleries to manufacture ink. Instead of that, he sold ethyl alcohol,” a source said.
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Laljibhai Patel, however, is alleged to have supplied three drums of methyl alcohol or methanol to Malwani-based bootleggers, who allegedly diluted the chemical with water and added cardamom before selling the brew to Malwani residents on the night of June 17. The source added, “Laljibhai Patel sent the drums to Mumbai from Ahmedabad. He is known to be a supplier of methanol to various locations.”
Four of the 104 deceased are alleged to have died after purchasing hooch from the Malwani home of Gita, the crime branch said. Dhananjay Kulkarni, Deputy Commissioner of Police (Detection), said the arrested accused had also been additionally charged with voluntarily causing grievous hurt under Section 326 of the Indian Penal Code as one of injured is undergoing treatment.