Nagpur: The illegal liquor vendors and bootleggers were rattled to the core when State Excise Department raided several dens in Sillewada and other areas of Khaparkheda and seized liquor stock worth thousands of rupees. Three bootleggers including a woman have been arrested. Other stuff including a scooter has also been seized. Sources said that Khaparkheda and its surrounding areas have become a hub of gambling, betting, illegal liquor trade, illegal sand mining and other serious crimes allegedly with the blessing of Khaparkheda police. The recent State Excise raids were carried out after the Department was flooded with complaints by citizens and social organizations specially the Bajrang Dal. The raids raised question marks over police role in the illegal activities being carried out in the area.
The arrested accused have been identified as Kusumbai Liladhar Chaure, Sonu Hari Lanjewar, both residents of Sillewada and Vijendra Shravan Kalsarpe, resident of Shivardhar. A liquor stock and a Bajaj Chetak scooter (MH-31/AY 6294) have been seized from their possession. A total of 26 villages come under Khaparkheda Police Station jurisdiction
Sources said that Sillewada and other areas have turned hot bed of illegal liquor trade with the stuff flowing freely and exchanging hands in recent months. Taking the serious note of the illegal activities, the local Convener of Bajrang Dal Mukesh Naitu pursued the matter with State Excise Department and other top authorities including Chief Minister’s Office, DGP, DIG, SP continuously. Naitu’s efforts bore fruits when the Excise sleuths raided the illegal liquor dens sending tremors across illegal liquor and other trades and police circles as well. However, the raids turned out to be a limited success as the illegal liquor vendors and others were expectedly tipped of the impending action and kept a low profile on the day.
The said action was initiated by Superintendent of State Excise Department, Nagpur, Surendra Manpiya, Deputy Superintendent Milind Patwardhan, PI Janrao, PSIs Bhoyar, Kolhe and other officials jointly and Bajrang Dal activists as well.