Anand: Liquor stock worth Rs. 5.32 lakh was seized from a plot owned by Congress MLA and Amul Diary chairman Ramsinh Parmar at Thasra town in the district on Sunday.
“A total of 2023 beer bottles worth Rs. 4.84 lakh and 18 boxes of Indian made foreign liquor worth around Rs. 48,200 were seized from Parmar’s plot in Thasra town. Police have arrested three persons including a minor under the Prohibition Act,” said Thasra police sub-inspector A G Chauhan.
He claims that one of the three involved was a 5th standard student while two others were identified as Vinu Babu Kharad and Pravin Mali.
“They were unloading the consignment of liquor bottles from an Eicher truck in a godown located inside Parmar’s plot when a police team, comprising personnel of Nadiad town crime branch, Special Operation Group (SOG) and local police caught them”, Chauhan said.
Gujarat has a law in force since its formation in 1960 that prohibits the manufacture, storage, sale and consumption of alcoholic beverages.
However, on being contacted, Parmer states that the incident is a “political conspiracy” against him ahead of forthcoming elections to Amul Diary.
“I am against addiction of liquor and I never consume it. Why will I need such a huge stock?” he asked.
He said the seizure of the liquor consignment took place outside his plot and the vehicle did not beling to him. “ I also don’t know the arrested persons,” he added.