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5,250 IMFL bottles worth ₹5 lakh seized near Srivilliputtur

Cartons of IMFL bottles that were seized from a coconut farm near Srivilliputtur on Saturday.   | Photo Credit: HANDOUT

In a major haul, Prohibition Enforcement Wing sleuths seized 5,250 bottles of Indian-made foreign liquor (IMFL) bottles that were stocked in a coconut farm near Thanipparai under Watrap police station limits on Saturday evening.

The police said that the contraband worth more than ₹5 lakh was kept in the motor room of a coconut grove belonging to Muthammal.

Based on intelligence input, a team of sleuths, led by Sub-Inspector of Police P. Ganesan, raided the farm around 5.30 p.m. and found the carton boxes containing quarter and half bottles of IMFL liquor stocked there.

The police have picked up one P. Manickam, 42, of Elanthaikulam in this connection.

The police suspect that a former supervisor of TASMAC shop was behind the crime. He could have used his influence to procure huge quantity of IMFL bottles from TASMAC shops to be sold in black market exploiting the lockdown conditions.

Due to COVID-19 lockdown all TASMAC shops have been closed between May 10 and 24.

A police source said that a quarter bottle that was worth ₹130 was being sold for as high as ₹500 and was in great demand in the black market.


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