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Liquor mafia operating in Punjab under political patronage, Centre should probe, says Dullo

Congress MP Shamsher Singh Dullo raised the matter during the Zero Hour in the Upper House of Parliament, saying "no action" has been taken in the matter despite 136 people losing their life recently after consuming spurious liquor.

New Delhi | September 18, 2020 10:24:06 pm
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Alleging that a liquor mafia was operating in Punjab under political patronage, a Congress MP from the Friday demanded the Centre’s intervention and probe into the matter through the CBI or independent agencies.

Congress MP Shamsher Singh Dullo raised the matter during the Zero Hour in the Upper House of Parliament, saying “no action” has been taken in the matter despite 136 people losing their life recently after consuming spurious liquor.

Dullo said apart from those who died, at least 150 people were admitted to hospitals. While several people have turned blind after drinking spurious liquor, kidneys of many have been impacted but no action has been taken against the perpetrators of the crime, he said, demanding compensation for the family of those killed and impacted.

He charged that the “liquor mafia in the state was operating under political patronage” and there was a police nexus.

Nine illegal distilleries were being run and supplying liquor to neighbouring Haryana, Rajasthan and Himachal Pradesh among other states, the MP said.

He said neighbouring countries were involved in it and demanded the Centre’s intervention to probe the issue through the CBI a retired high court judge or any independent agency so that culprits could be booked.

Dullo said he met the Governor of the state but no action has been taken and that the matter pertains to inter-state illegal racket and theft of taxes.

Dullo and another Congress Rajya Sabha member, Partap Singh Bajwa, The have remained critical of the their own party’s government in Punjab over the recent hooch tragedy.

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