Nashik: In a major crack down the flying squad of the state excise department’s Nashik division seized illicit imported liquor worth Rs 9.50 lakh including vehicles. These confiscated highly expensive single malt whiskeys are permitted for sale in foreign countries only. The raid was carried out at Dawrka on Monday mid-night. The state excise personnel have arrested one suspect namely Naresh Perumal Nagpal (32) resident of Devlali Camp, Nashik in connection with the trafficking of the liquor.
According to the state excise department sources, the personnel of state excise department’s flying squad had received a tip-off that expensive imported single malt whiskeys are brought in Nashik for sale. During interrogation the suspect Naresh told the excise department personnel that he had purchased the liquor from a trader named Kirpal Fatehchand Nagpal who is a resident of Devlali camp.
Acting on the information the excise department officials raided Kirpal’s residence and his shop. During the raid the officials confiscated 110 bottles of one litre scotch whiskey which were hidden I his car and a two wheeler. The suspects informed the excise officials that they bought the liquor from the duty free shops at the international airport and then smuggled the liquor in the district. They sold these high end brands to their customers who are many well known personalities in Nashik.
Meanwhile, the suspects were presented before the district and sessions court on Saturday. During the hearing the court has awarded the suspect police custody remand till September 17. The operation was conducted under the guidance of deputy commissioner Prasad Surve, Superintendent Charansingh Rajput and a senior official of the excise department in Nashik division.