In an attempt to curb the menace caused by bootleggers, the Enforcement Directorate has attached a flat of an accused who was part of a criminal gang which caused a hooch tragedy in Rajasthan, around nine years back.
Enforcement Directorate has issued provisional attachment order attaching a 985 square feet apartment belonging to Amandeep Singh Bhullar. The attached asset is located in Indore, Madhya Pradesh.
In January 2011, Rajasthan saw a big hooch tragedy which led to 22 deaths in Jodhpur and Pali districts. After registering several criminal cases, the Rajasthan Police found that same supplier had distributed the poisonous alcohol.
When Rajasthan Police had raided the residence of the mastermind of hooch tragedy in Jodhpur, approximately Rs 20 lakh cash, gold jewellery, 5,000 litres of spirit, 2,000 liquor pouches were seized.
Later the state police filed a chargesheet against accused Kaluram Vishnoi, Sharda Devi, Amandeep Singh Bhullar and others. They were booked for culpable homicide, cheating and forgery.
“On the Rajasthan Police’s FIR, the ED filed a case under provisions of Prevention of Money Laundering Act,” said the probe agency in a statement issued on Wednesday.
A probe by ED revealed that Bhullar illegally supplied spirit to Kaluram Vishnoi. Vishnoi had illegally set up a factory and manufactured spurious liquor using spirit provided by Bhullar. It was an elaborate setup, a fake hologram of country-made liquor was affixed on pouches and then this cheap spurious alcohol was supplied. This factory operated for several years.
“Between 18-21st January 2011, hundreds consumed this spurious alcohol in these two districts of Rajasthan. Immediately all of them fell ill. 22 died and over 70 were admitted to the hospital,” said an ED official. “Vishnoi had made payment to Bhullar through hawala transaction,” he added. Properties and cash worth Rs 1.23 crore of Kaluram Vishnoi had already been attached by the Enforcement Directorate.