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Punjab elections: Police recover 188 cases of liquor in raid

The Election Commission on Tuesday ordered a shutdown of five distilleries until elections are over after the police seized more than one lakh bottles in one of the largest raids in Bathinda.? Photograph: (AFP)

WION Gurdaspur, Punjab, India Feb 02, 2017, 07.13 AM (IST)

Punjab police recovered 188 cases of liquor in raids conducted three days ahead of Punjab polls. 

In a joint operation, the police and Excise department recovered the cases Wednesday night from a shop in Shikar Machhian bus stand in the industrial city of Batala. 

Senior Superintendent of Police, Deepak Hilori said the owner of the shop remains unidentified. 

Each case usually contains 12 bottles of alcohol. 

A case has been filed under the Excise Act.

Police also retrieved 37 bottles from two people in Batala and a case has been filed against them.

Ahead of assembly elections, large quantities of liquor have been recovered in various parts of Punjab. 

The Election Commission on Tuesday ordered a shutdown of five distilleries until elections are over after the police seized more than one lakh bottles in one of the largest raids in Bathinda.

Political parties are known to offer alcohol and drugs for votes before elections. 

(WION with inputs from PTI)

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