New Delhi: Punjab Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh has ordered the suspension of seven excise officials and six policemen in connection with the hooch tragedy and initiated an inquiry against them. The death toll in the tragedy rose to 86. Also Read - Beirut Blasts: India Sends Food Supplies, Medicines to Lebanon Capital as Emergency Humantarian Aid
A total of 25 arrests have been made in the case. A mafia mastermind, a woman kingpin, a transport owner, a wanted criminal and owners/managers of various dhabas from where the illicit liquor was being supplied are among the arrested accused, according to Punjab Police DGP Dinkar Gupta. Also Read - Don't Want to Get Into India-Pakistan Politics But Babar Azam Needs to be Playing IPL: Nasser Hussain
The dhabas, identified as Zilmil Dhaba, Green Dhaba, Chhinda Dhaba on Shambhu, and Banur and Rajpura in Patiala, have been sealed. Also Read - Independence Day 2020: In a First, Indian Flag to be Hoisted at the Iconic Niagara Falls on August 15
Describing the modus operandi of the accused, the DGP said the trucks carrying spirit stopped at 6-7 identified Dhabas and the Dhaba owners collected the hooch from truck drivers and sold it to one Bhinda, resident of Pipla Road, Rajpura, and Bittu of a village near Banur.
The spirit was being supplied by these people to Amritsar and surrounding areas.