5 December 2022

New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Monday disapproved the Punjab government’s lethargy in acting against the liquor mafia and those responsible for the 2020 hooch tragedy that claimed 120 lives in Tarn Taran, Amritsar, and Gurdaspur, which had led to massive protests including by AAP led by Bhagwant Singh Mann, present CM, against the then Congress government led by Capt Amrinder Singh.

the liquor mafia, SC to Punjab
the liquor mafia, SC to Punjab

” We are not at all satisfied with the progress of the investigation. It appears that no serious efforts seem to have been made to book the culprits who are in the business of manufacturing and transportation of illicit liquor, ” said a bench of Justices MR Shah and M M Sundress.

The bench said, ” The upper crust of the socie. ty does not suffer from the illegal manufacture and sale of illicit liquor. It is the lower strata and poor who suffer the adverse effects of hooch and sometimes pay with their lives.

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