3 arrested in MP spurious liquor case that led to 17 deaths

August 2, 2021

Madhya Pradesh police on Friday arrested three persons in connection with the racket that sold spurious liquor packed in branded whiskey bottles. 17 people so far have died after consuming the alcohol.

Madhya Pradesh Police on Friday arrested three persons related to a state-wide racket that used to sell spurious liquor which killed 17 people in four different districts of the state. The notorious racket packed fake liquor in bottles of prestigious brands and sold them to shops and bars.

While seven people died after consuming spurious liquor in Mandsaurour, four were killed in Indore. Four others had also died in Khandwa and two deaths were reported in Khargone.

All the deceased in these four districts had either purchased the liquor from government-authorised shops or had consumed it in government-liscenced bars. According to sources, all of them had drunk whiskey which was packed in a Royal Stag bottle.

The first breakthrough in the deadly scam came on Friday when the three persons were arrested from the Khargone district. The nabbed trio, who were identified as Kalka Prasad, Rohit Dulichand and Lucky, were arrested from different parts of the district.

As per the police, over 1500 bottles of Royal Stag whiskey and more than 9000 wrappers and over 6000 bottle caps of the same brand were recovered from the gang.

“The three arrested have so far confessed of making and sourcing locally made liquor and packing them in Royal Stag and Blenders Pride whiskey bottles. They used to get the raw material from Indore and supply it to various parts of the state including Mandsaur, Indore, Khargone and Khandwa,” Khargone SP Shailendra Singh Chouhan said.

Indore west SP Mahesh Chand Jain too confirmed that the four dead in Indore had consumed the spurious Royal Stag whiskey. He was echoed by Khandwa SP Vivek Singh, who confirmed that the postmortem reports of the two deceased persons in his district showed they had consumed the same alcohol.

Meanwhile, a special investigation team (SIT), formed by the Madhya Pradesh government to carry out a probe into the Mandsaur deaths, had demolished buildings owned by the liquor mafia.

The state government was initially reluctant to accept that the 10 others who had died in three different districts had consumed the same spurious liquor because they had either purchased it from government licensed shops or consumed it in bars authorised by the government.

Source : https://www.indiatoday.in/india/story/3-arrested-in-mp-spurious-liquor-case-that-led-to-17-deaths-1834898-2021-07-30