The officials said the liquor bottles were hidden in a special cavity made in a threshing machine (used in farming) loaded on a truck. They said the truck’s registration number was also manipulated and false. Those arrested were identified as Sonipat (Haryana) residents Banshi Kumar alias Dolu and Dharamveer Panchal alias Sonu
Lucknow The UP Special Task Force (STF) on Saturday busted an inter-state racket of liquor smugglers after arrest of two people and seized as many as 134 cartoons of liquor bottles worth ₹25 lakh from Kanpur-Prayagraj highway in Fatehpur district, said senior police officials. They said the liquor was despatched by a Haryana-based smuggler and was to be delivered in Bihar.
The officials said the liquor bottles were hidden in a special cavity made in a threshing machine (used in farming) loaded on a truck. They said the truck’s registration number was also manipulated and false.
The STF press note stated that those arrested were identified as Sonipat (Haryana) residents Banshi Kumar alias Dolu and Dharamveer Panchal alias Sonu. The truck driver Dolu and his aide Sonu were working as carriers for liquor smuggling and used to get ₹20,000 per trip to deliver the consignment.
A senior STF official said the two accused revealed during interrogation that the kingpin of the racket were Pradeep Kumar and Lalit Tewatia of Rohtak, Haryana. He said two others, Rakesh of Najafgarh, Delhi and Sunil Lambardar of Rohtak, Haryana were its key members.
He said the two said that they were told to reach Patna, Bihar where they would be approached by some people to take the consignment. He said the Pradeep and Lalit were in direct touch with the Bihar traders through WhatsApp chat to receive the consignment.
In a late-night administrative reshuffle, the collector, superintendent of police and additional superintendent of police of Khargone, where communal tension erupted on Ram Navmi on April 10, have been transferred. The collector, Anugraha P has been transferred as an officer on special duty, MP Bhawan in Delhi. She was replaced by Ratlam Kumar Purshottam. Satna SP Dharam Veer Singh has been transferred to Khargone. Khargone ASP Neeraj Chaurasiya has been transferred to police headquarters.
Environment minister Gopal Rai on Saturday said the government was stepping up its fight against single-use plastics in the city by banning its use in the secretariat from June 1. The government will replace existing SUPs with recyclable alternatives such as paper, jute or bamboo, he said. The minister said SUPs contribute to different kinds of pollution in the city, with plastic items such as spoons, forks, straw, polythene, plastic glasses often discarded and burnt.
Former J&K chief minister and National Conference vice-president Omar Abdullah on Saturday reiterated hiOmar’stand that nullification of Article 370 in August 2019 was “unconstitutional and unlawful” and said his party was not ready to accept defeat. The former CM also lashed out at the BJP for calling Article 370 the biggest stumbling block in restoration of peace in J&K.
A letter purportedly issued by an unknown terror outfit ‘Jammu and Kashmir Freedom Fighters’ on Saturday claimed the responsibility for the Katra bus fire incident, which it said was an ‘IED blast’ triggered by one of its ‘special squads’. A senior police officer, however, said they were investigating the case and can’t vouch for the veracity of this letter at present. HT also doesn’t vouch for the veracity of this letter.
The National Investigation Agency on Saturday morning conducted raids at four locations in Jammu and Kashmir and arrested two persons in The Resistance Front conspiracy case. The NIA identified the arrested persons as Muzamil Mushtaq Bhat of Khwaja Bagh, Fatehpora, Baramulla, and Fayaz Ahmad Khan of Warpora, Zachaldara, Kupwara. The raids were carried out at Baramulla, Kupwara, Pulwama and Shopian districts.