Patna/Chhapra: Altogether 1,110 cartons of Indian made foreign liquor (IMFL) were seized from Saran and Vaishali districts on Tuesday. The consignment consisting of 13,320 liquor bottles of whiskey is estimated to be worth Rs1.6 crore on the black market because of total prohibition in Bihar.
The huge consignment was meant for supply during Holi at a premium, sources said.
In the first case, Saran police seized a truck laden with 700 cartons of IMFL manufactured in Haryana from village Lauwan Kala under Baniyapur police station on Tuesday morning. Dinesh Kumar and Dalbir Singh, the driver and cleaner of the truck, respectively, were arrested with the consignment. The liquor cartons were concealed in sacks filled with potato and onion.
Sadar SDPO Maneesh said an FIR was lodged with Baniyapur police station against five persons, including the receiver of the consignment.
“Attempts are being made to gather further information from the arrested persons,” said Maneesh, adding that raids were being conducted to arrest the other suspects involved in liquor smuggling. He also said the arrested persons belonged to Akbarpur in Aligarh district of Uttar Pradesh.
In another seizure, a refrigeration truck used for carrying ice-creams was seized with 410 cartons (4,920 bottles) of Haryana-made IMFL from NH-77 near village Sadpura under Bhagwanpur police station in Vaishali district.
Vaishali SP Rakesh Kumar said the consignment receiver, Tribhuvan Sahni (40), along with truck driver Mohammad Kalam (35), was arrested.
He said the truck was intercepted by Bhagwanpur police on NH-77 after a tip-off Monday night. “The truck was bearing registration number of Uttar Pradesh while the driver was a native of Haryana,” the SP said, adding that the smugglers used refrigeration truck to avoid suspicion.