Punjab Excise Department recovered illegal stills (Bhathis), 17000 kg of Lahan, 320 litres of illicit liquor, 1 boat, 4 iron drums, 8 plastic cans of 25 litres each and 4 vessels during extensive search operations carried out in last two days against the illicit distillation of liquor in Dasuya area of district Hoshiarpur.
Disclosing this here today, an official spokesperson of the Excise Department said that the teams of Excise Enforcement from Head Office, Excise officers of Hoshiarpur Range and Excise Police personnel were deputed to conduct the checking of illicit distillation in the area along the bank of river Beas in Dasuya, district Hoshiarpur as per directions of Excise and Taxation Minister Advocate Harpal Singh Cheema.
He said that the Dog Squad - especially trained to detect Lahan was also put into service during this search operation. Divulging further, the spokesperson said that the search operations were carried out under the direct supervision of Finance Commissioner Taxation Vikas Pratap and Excxise Commissioner Varun Roojam.
He said that these search operations covered an area of about 7 km on foot as well as using boats along the river bank in a well-coordinated manner and the entire area of Terkiana, Kethana, Badaiyan, Dhanoa, Saidpur and Bhikhowal villages of Dasuya was extensively mapped and searched.
“During the searches, it was discovered that the bootleggers had designed a camouflaged modus operandi to carry out illicit distillation of Lahan by digging deep pits, which were not easy to detect visually. The Dog Squad having three dogs one Labrador and two Belgian malinois dogs displayed extraordinary training skills by sniffing and detecting stills (Bhattis) and pit holes where illicit liquor (Lahan) was being distilled”, he added.
Meanwhile, Excise and Taxation Minister Advocate Harpal Singh Cheema said that extensive field checkings were being carried out by the officials of the Excise Department in pursuance to curb menace of illicit liquor. He said that the department has also launched helpline number 9875961126 for receiving complaints regarding excise related crimes.
He further stated that strict action will be taken against those involved in illegal liquor trade.