Alcohol recovered from parked cars at Mohali hospital: The Tribune India


Tribune press service

Mohali, April 15

Police arrested two drivers of private vehicles, who were parked at a hospital during Phase 9, after 29 bottles of imported alcohol and four cartons of beer were recovered from the cars this morning. The drivers were identified as Jagdeep and Gursewak Singh, both residents of Pawala village in Fatehgarh Sahib district.

A case under the Excise Act was registered at the Phase 8 police station. The two suspects were brought before a court, which took them into custody for one day.

Meanwhile, relatives of the two drivers have alleged that the latter had nothing to do with alcohol. The two had joined the service here three days ago for Rs. 10,000 each, and this morning they were asked to go to Jammu. They claimed that during this time the two drivers did not get the cars out of the hospital. They arrived at the hospital for service on their motorbike.

According to police sources, the cost of a carton of imported liquor was around Rs. 84,000 and it was hidden under hospital banners in the two vehicles.

According to footage from hospital CCTV cameras, Jagdeep and Gursevak are seen arriving on motorbikes at 4 a.m. At 4:30 a.m., they made an entry in the register. Both are seen cleaning the car and at 5:45 a.m. they are stopped by the police as the keys to the vehicles were with them.

Ajitesh Kaushal, Phase 8 SHO, said at the time of the raid the car keys were with the two drivers so they were arrested. He said he was verifying in whose name these vehicles were registered.

The hospital’s deputy chief executive, Prabhjot Singh, declined to comment. However, he said a police investigation was ongoing into the matter. —

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