Raids against bootleggers, 14 arrested, three cops injured

May 31st, 2008 - 9:39 pm ICT by admin  

Puducherry, May 31 (IANS) Day long raids to curb the menace of illicit liquor led to arrest of 14 people Saturday in Puducherry while three policemen were injured due to stone-pelting and attacks with deadly weapons by a gang of bootleggers. The raids led to the destruction of over 2,000 litres of illicit liquor in the union territory. The police had to open fire when illicit distillers of hooch attacked a posse of policemen in Bahour, a village bordering Tamil Nadu, 170 km south of Chennai, government sources said.

While there were no fatalities due to the firing, three officials were seriously injured due to stone-pelting and attack with deadly weapons by a gang numbering some 100 suspects. The injured have been admitted to JIPMER Hospital, police sources added.

Following over 200 recent deaths from drinking spurious liquor in Tamil Nadu and Karnataka, a drive is underway in south India since May 18 to rid the region of the menace.

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