LAHORE / GUJRANWALA / MULTAN / BHAKKAR (Daily Dunya) – Atleast 24 suspects were taken into custody and thousands litres of liquor was confiscated during police raids in numerous cities including Lahore, Multan, Gujranwala and Bhakkar.
In Lahore, Kot Lakhpat police conducted an operation in Awami colony and arrested two suspects Shafique and Shakeel Masih over preparing phony liquor of different brands.
Both were preparing the liquor in homes for the past couple of months and had to supply it in various guest houses of the city on New Year Eve.
Police also recovered chemicals, stickers and bottles from the suspects.
After the Tobe Tek Singh incident, excise department has taken four vehicles for crackdown against the culprits. Six police personnel will be deployed with every excise inspector.
The areas identified for raids include walled city areas, north Lahore, Youhanabad, Allama Iqbal town, Sabzazar, Liaquatabad, factory area, Band Road, Fazlpura and other areas.
Police also raided Multan Cantt area and confiscated 13 cartons of liquor and detained five suspects.
Atleast 100 litres of toxic liquor was recovered from Gujranwala’s Baghbanpura area and seven suspects were held.
A liquor truck was seized in Bhakkar from which 12000 bottles were recovered whereas driver and cleaner were arrested.
On the other hand, City police has added section-7 ATA of terrorism and section-302 of murder in the toxic liquor case.
The arrested suspects Shahid, Qasim, Ishfaq and Sawan Masih were presented before an anti-terrorism court (ATC) in Faisalabad.
Court has sent them on a 10-day physical remand.