Himachal Pradesh Police Chief DGP Sanjay Kundu said in a press conference in Sundernagar on Tuesday that the police had registered an FIR related to the spurious liquor case on January 19 and have uncovered the whole matter in two weeks. Kundu said that in the case of illegal liquor, all the backward links of the factory caught in Hamirpur were removed and all the ingredients for making liquor, spirits, distilled water, water, bottles, and formulas and materials used and all involved in this business. All of them have been caught. The mastermind of Hamirpur’s illegal liquor factory, Gaurav alias Gauru, is the kingpin, who had appointed distributors according to the region. Rakesh had appointed distributors in Una, Anil and Babbu in Kangra, Narendra Kalu in Sundernagar and other areas. He had further appointed retailers, whose police have prepared a complete chart and soon the police would also release the chart.
150 boxes of illicit liquor were made every day and they were further supplied. Kalu of Sundernagar has confessed that he used to earn up to Rs.3 and 4.5 thousand per day. Apart from this, illegal liquor factory has also been caught in Nalagarh, in which criminals have also been caught. They are also being interrogated. Soon the police will also reveal this. On this occasion DIG Madhusudan, SP Mandi Shalini Agrihotri, Virendra Kalia, IPS Vivek Chahal, Kamlesh and SHO Sundernagar Ankur Kumar were also present.
The DGP said that this illegal liquor business was going on for 15 years from place to place in the state. This is the first case of organized crime in the state and it has been solved in the shortest time. He said that due to the tireless work of the SIT officers headed by DIG Madhusudan, all the accused have been put behind the bars after recovering all the links in two weeks. There are 19 criminals involved in this case, out of which 11 have been sent to judicial custody while 8 are on police remand. Among the 19 people, Gauru and Rangilu are the main gangsters, in which the search for Rangilu is on. DGP Sanjay Kundu said that there was no such experience in the investigation of organized crime in Himachal before, but after being exposed, everyone has described it as a learning experience.