Jamshedpur, July 8: Excise Department busted an illicit liquor manufacturing unit during a massive raid in a house at Barabanki village along the NH-33 under the MGM police station area on Friday morning.
The excise officials also arrested four persons and seized liquor, sealing machines, corks, and a van worth over Rs 10 lakh.
Those arrested include the workers involved in sealing the Indian-made foreign liquor (IMFL) bottles. They were identified as Bhola Singh, Subhas Das, Sunny Rajak and Mahesh Kumar, all aged between 25 and 30 years.
The owner of the illicit liquor manufacturing unit was identified as Bablu Gupta, a resident Dhobi Line in Sonari. Gupta is said to be absconded.
Assistant commissioner, Excise Department, Arvind Kujur, said that in the morning they got a tip off that a liquor manufacturing unit is running at Barabanki village close to the NH-33.
“We soon came into action and a raiding team led by excise inspector Khitij Minz raided the place and arrested the four workers engaged in sealing the IMFL into various popular brand of liquor. The raiding team also seized the liquor along with hundreds of sealed liquor bottles, which were ready for dispatch,” said Kujur.
The assistant commissioner said that from the seized items they concluded that there must be another unit where the liquor is being prepared as at the Barabanki unit they got sealed containers of spirit.
Kujur said the operator of this illicit liquor manufacturing unit was not present at the spot, but after grilling the arrested persons they came to know that Bablu Gupta was behind this illicit business.
“We have started conducting raids and a team of Excise officials conducted raids at Gupta’s house in Sonari, but he was found absconding,” said the assistant commissioner.
Initial probe suggested that Gupta would supply the spurious IMFL bottles of the popular brand like Royal Stag and Officer’s Choice Blue to the road side hotels, interiors of the two Singhbhum districts and also to unauthorized liquor dens in the city.
The excise department officials are now trying to find out since when the illicit liquor unit was running.