Punjab Hooch Tragedy: Punjab Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh on Wednesday directed the DGP Dinkar Gupta to book those directly involved for murder under section 302 of IPC.
The Chief Minister also mooted enhancement of punishment for spurious liquor manufacturing and smuggling under the Excise Act, to ensure those repeat offenders remain behind the bars and are not able to come out easily to indulge again in the crime.
Meanwhile, the Chief Minister has asked the Sub-Committee, that was set up under Brahm Mohindra to examine the provisions of the proposed law, to finalise and submit its report at the earliest. He also agreed with Sukhjinder Randhawa and other ministers that PCOCA (Punjab Control of Organised Crime Act) could help control hardcore criminals and act as a deterrent to gangsters, who continue to deal in organised crime even from prison, and had close connections with terrorists too, said the minister.
The Chief Minister’s directives on the hooch tragedy came during two separate video conferences – one of the cabinet meeting and the other a review meeting of the case with top police and administrative officials. Captain Amarinder also led his council of ministers in observing a 2-minute silence as a mark of homage to the victims of the tragedy.
“Finish off this business, clean up the border areas,” was Captain Amarinder’s strict directive to police and district officials during the review VC earlier, which was attended by DGP Dinkar Gupta and Chief Secretary Vini Mahajan, along with SSPs and DCs of the affected districts of Tarn Taran, Amritsar Rural and Gurdaspur, along with officials of the Excise & Taxation Department.
“This has to stop,” he said. Adding, he said that the illicit liquor business had been going on in border areas for a long time, with the use of Lahan, but now it had assumed an even more dangerous proportion with the new trend of smuggling from neighbouring states.