Spurious Scotch lands six in Goa jailOctober 4th, 2011 - 7:30 pm ICT by IANS
Panaji, Oct 4 (IANS) Six people were arrested in raids on bars across Goa Tuesday for selling spurious Johnnie Walker Scotch whisky, a police spokesperson said.
The arrests followed raids on four bars in Panaji and Vasco, located 35 km from here, where bottles of the spurious Scotch whisky were on display.
“We have arrested six persons, all of them are bar or liquor store owners, for storing and selling whisky which is spurious and not original,” the police spokesperson said.
The spokesperson said that the spurious liquor was being sold at rates below the marked prices on the Johnnie Walker Black and Red label bottles in order to woo customers.
Johnnie Walker appears to be the favourite spirit with the counterfeiters in Goa, with 92 spurious bottles being seized by the state excise department in the last financial year.
Johnnie Walker is one of the most widely distributed brands of blended Scotch whisky in the world and is reported to sell nearly 180 million bottles annually.
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