Jalandhar, October 18: The Excise Department has got an FIR lodged against a liquor contractor based at Nawanshahr, after seizing liquor, on which excise duty was not paid, from one of his vends, during a surprise check.

Divisional Excise and Taxation Commissioner (DETC) Jaspinder Singh said on the direction of Excise Commissioner Rajat Aggarwal, the department had initiated an operation at liquor vends.

He said as many as 17 bottles, on which excise duty was not paid, were seized by the inspection teams. The DETC said these vends were being run by Sohan Singh Uppal and Associates.

The DETC said the seized bottles of imported brands had been sent for testing. The Excise Department has initiated action against the licensee under the Punjab Excise Act and subsequently the police have lodged an FIR under various Sections of the IPC and the Excise Act.

The above news was originally posted on www.tribuneindia.com

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