STATESMAN NEWS SERVICE
New Delhi, 10 December
An Indian army man has been arrested by the Delhi Police for allegedly selling cheap liquor on high rates by faking them as genuine after sticking labels of army canteen on the bottles in Anand Parbat area in central Delhi on Sunday night.
According to police, Lal Babu, who is associated with the Military Engineering Services (MES) of the Indian Army as pump operator, lives along with his family in military residential quarters in Anand Parbat area.
The deputy commissioner of police (central), Mr Alok Kumar said that Babu landed in police net following a tip-off that an army man has been selling liquor for the last several years illegally. Immediately a trap was laid and he was arrested red handed. 170 bottles have been recovered from his possession.
Police said that Babu used to procure cheap liquor from Punjab and Haryana and then used to sell it at high rates by sticking CSD canteen labels mentioning ‘Not For Sale’ on the bottles.
The labels which Babu used to stick on the liquor bottles as genuine, was found in large quantity from his possession which the police suspect, would have arranged from local market. During interrogation, Babu disclosed that he was provided a room to perform his duty in the army premises situated in Anand Parbat area where he used to store liquor bottles after procuring it at low cost from Punjab and Haryana.
"Observing that the election time would be perfect to make fast bucks, Babu stored the liquor bottles in his room in large quantity and used to stick CSD canteen labels so that he could sell them at high rates disguising them as genuine liquor available only to army men," said the police.
Police said that Babu was arrested under relevant provisions of law. His termination process has been initiated and investigations are on. Police suspect there could be more persons involved in the racket.