Police seize liquor stock worth Rs 26 lakh


Panchavati: A case was filed at Adgaon police station a fortnight back in connection with misappropriation of 376 foreign liquor boxes worth Rs. 28.42 lakh. It was falsely stated that truck carrying the liquor stock had met with an accident. Adgaon police succeeded in recovering 352 boxes worth Rs. 26 lakh. 7 suspects have been arrested in connection with this so far and one suspect is on the run.

During police investigation it came to light that owner of the truck, driver, cleaner and main suspects from Walmiknagar in Panchavati are involved in this. Police have doubt that these suspects were involved in misappropriation of liquor stock earlier too and they are investigating from that angle.

Following a complaint by Vijay Ramchandra Kothavale (30, resident of Shriramnagar, Jatra hotel, Adgaon) 15 days back at Adgaon police station. Police arrested suspects Popat Natha Bagul (35, resident of Loni, tal. Vaijapur, district Auranagabad), Sandip Karbhari Gaikwad (27, resident of Bhingi Borsar, tal. Vaijapur, district Auranagabad), Shaikh Rauf Shaikh Mohammad (40, residing near durgahves, Auranagabad), Mamu alias Latif Abdul Qadir Shaikh (45, resident of Susagar Aptt., Vinaynagar), Vijay Chhagan Rathod (38, resident of Gangaghat vegetable market), Sanjay Vitthal Sonawane (42, resident of Gangapur village) and Balasaheb Shankar Tambade (47, resident of Navnathnagar, Peth Road) and mastermind Sanjay alias Bali Kamble (Walmiknagar, Panchavati) is still absconding.

While investigating into the matter, Adgaon police interrogated driver named Bagul and cleaner named Sandip Gaikwad. It had come to light they involved in misappropriation of liquor boxes after Shaikh Rauf Shaikh Mohammad had asked them. He was also taken into police custody.

A stock of liquor which was hidden by him in an Eicher tempo was recovered. 352 liquor boxes worth Rs. 26.24 lakh and Eicher truck worth Rs. 2 lakh, amounting to total Rs. 28.24 lakh were recovered by police, informed DCP Laxmikant Patil, ACP Vijaykumar Chavan and senior police inspector Sunil Pujari.