Following the Chief Minister Bhagwant Mann led government’s zero tolerance policy against illicit liquor trade activities, the Excise department along with the entire Excise Police staff of Ludhiana West and East today recovered and destroyed 1,45,000 litres of Lahan in a major search operation on Friday.

Revealing this, an official spokesperson of the Excise department said that in compliance to the directions issued by the Excise and Taxation Minister Harpal Singh Cheema four teams were constituted to curb the illegal distillation on Satluj river banks which carried out a major search operation from 5 AM early this morning.

Sharing the details of the search operation, the spokesperson said that the teams have done the combing operation in an area of areas approximately 27 KM around the villages Bholewal, Jadid, Bhode, Talwann, Rajapur, Bhagia, Khaira Bet, Ucha Pind Dhagera, Bhundri, Majara Kalan, Sangowal, Meeuwal Gorisiaan, Hakamrai bet, Baghian and Burj of Ludhiana district.

“Approximately 1,45,000 litres of lahan was recovered and destroyed on the spot outside river banks being unclaimed. More than 18 temporary working stills and 8 quintals of wood to be used in working still also destroyed on the spot, 6 big iron drums, 2 silver pots and three pipes recovered”, added the spokesperson.

Congratulating the Excise and Police teams involved in the search operation, Finance Minister Harpal Singh Cheema directed the department to further boost the drive against illicit liquor trade and operations.

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