Kingpin of spurious liquor racket arrested

New Delhi: Delhi Police today said it has arrested the "main supplier" of spurious liquor which caused 26 deaths in west and south-west Delhi earlier this year.

Sukhbir (37) was "formally" arrested by Crime Branch on August 31. He had on August 25 surrendered before a local court, a senior police officer said.

"He is the main kingpin of the network involved in trade and supply of spurious liquor which led to the deaths of many innocent people in Dabri, Khayala and Rajouri Garden in March this year," the officer said.

With this, he said, police have arrested 12 people in connection with the case so far.

"It was the interrogation of nine persons previously arrested in the case that led to the arrest of Sukhbir. They told us that the spurious liquor of 'Shokeen' brand which resulted in this tragedy, was manufactured in Gurgaon and was supplied by," the officer said.

Acting on these inputs, police had on May 11 raided a premise in Sector-9 of Gurgaon and arrested two brothers allegedly involved in the racket. "The brothers had confirmed that the spurious liquor of Shokeen brand was supplied in Delhi through Sukhbir," the officer said.

Raids were conducted in Ahmedabad, Moradabad, Ajmer and Agra to arrest Sukbir, he managed to evade police.

"Sukhbir also applied for anticipatory bail in Sessions Court but the same was dismissed. To compel Sukhbir to appear before the investigating agency or court, he was declared a Proclaimed Offender and his property was attached," the officer said.

During investigation, police also recovered 70 quarters of the spurious liquor of Shokeen Brand from a desolate place near the Najafgarh Kakrola drain.

Sukhbir is involved in more than eight criminal cases.

Bureau Report