Delhi Police has arrested a liquor smuggler and recovered 3,000 quarters of illicit liquor from his car. During the course of investigation, the accused Hari Chand disclosed that he works as a driver for Sandeep Pehlwan who asked him to transport the said liquor from Suraj Kund, Faridabad to Baghpat, UP. He used to earn Rs 25,000 monthly for this work.
A sticker of the Income-Tax Department was pasted on the car by Sandeep. An identity card of civil defence in Sandeep's name was also given to him. The accused Hari Chand disclosed that he used to show this ID card of civil defence whenever he was checked at pickets, etc.
In the continuing action against the liquor smugglers, teams were constituted to curb the menace. During the intervening night of August 19-20, a dedicated team were checking vehicles near Crown Plaza picket. At about 11 pm, a Toyota Corolla car was seen coming from the Tughlakabad side. The police team signalled the car driver to stop the vehicle but rather than slowing down, he sped up the car. However, the alert police staff intercepted the car with the help of barricades. Instead of opening the car door, the driver tried to flee by putting the car in back gear. However, the police staff broke the car's window and apprehended the driver.
On enquiry, he was identified as 36-year-old Hari Chand, a resident of H-31 Village Khori, Suraj Kund, Faridabad, Haryana. When the car was searched, 60 cartons of illicit liquor containing 3,000 quarters of NV Group rasila santara (for sale in Haryana only) was found. Accordingly, a case was registered.
The recovered liquor and Toyota Corolla car were seized and the accused was arrested. On further inspection, a sticker of the I-T Department was pasted on the front side of the car and a civil defence identity card of Sandeep was also found in the car.