Punjab Govt sheltering liquor mafia: Vijay Sampla

Chandigarh, Aug 24, 2020 (Yes Punjab News)

Punjab police and excise department are working over the time to shield the liquor mafia and Congress leaders who are involved in multi-crore liquor scam said the former Union Minister and former state President Bharatiya Janata Party Punjab Vijay Sampla in a press statement issued today.

Punjab Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh should respond to why despite repeated requests from the Enforcement Directorate (E.D.) copies of over 13 FIRs registered against the liquor mafia at Patiala, Mohali, and Ludhiana are not being provided. In addition, the details of the accused including history sheet, bank details, revenue record, call detail, and details of police investigation so far are not being provided to ED in written format.

Suspecting money laundering, ED can itself start investigating the case. ED has started doing it for which it has sought details from the Punjab government. SSP Patiala was written on June 6 and June 12, SSP Mohali was written on June 17, SSP Ludhiana (rural) was sent a letter on June 18 and none of them have replied yet.

The ED officials met SSP Patiala on June 16 seeking the aforesaid information, but nothing has been done so far. ED has also written letters to the DGP Punjab police and Secretary Excise & taxation Punjab but is yet to hear from either of them. This makes it clear that the government is shielding Congress leaders, MLAs, ministers, and officers who are involved in this scam.

Sampla said that while more than 120 people have already died due to illicit liquor, the government is suffering financial losses, but the government is busy shielding the accused. If it is not so, then the CM Captain Amarinder Singh should immediately take up this matter and provide requisite information to ED.

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