A team of personnel from the Prohibition and Enforcement Wing rushed to Puducherry to nab the persons who allegedly supplied rectified spirit to the spurious liquor racket, which was busted near Erode on Friday.
Police arrested six members of the racket, who were found manufacturing spurious liquor, and seized a little over 1,100 spurious liquor bottles.
On receiving information about the racket, a special team led by Additional Superintendent of Police Sureshkumar conducted a vehicle check on the Chennimalai main road and intercepted a car on Friday morning.
The personnel found a large number of spurious liquor bottles in the vehicle and arrested two occupants of the car, who were identified as Manoharan (45), a resident of Velagoundampalayam village near Tiruchengode and his mother-in-law Pappal (50).
Based on the information obtained from the two, police arrested four others who followed the car in motorcycles - Dhanapal (27) of Chennimalai, Rajendran (30) of Ammampalayam, Loganathan (35) and Palanisamy (45), both residents of Avalpoondurai.
In the preliminary investigation, it was revealed that the six persons had set up a unit in Anjirapalayam village near Arachalurand and were manufacturing spurious liquor for the past one month.
Police personnel raided the unit and seized a little over 1,100 spurious liquor bottles. They also seized 260 litres of rectified spirit, more than 500 empty bottles and 750 labels.
“It appears that the gang received rectified spirit from Puducherry,” Superintendent of Police S. Paner Selvam said.
Police officials said the spurious liquor was sold through the bars attached to the TASMAC liquor shops at different parts of the district. It was said that one of the members of the racket, Dhanapal, was a former salesman at a liquor shop run by the Tamil Nadu State Marketing Corporation. He was dismissed from the service following alleged irregularities. Another member Rajendran was said to be running a bar attached to a liquor shop in Ammampalayam.
A detailed investigation was launched to nab all those involved in the manufacturing of spurious liquor, officials added.