Islamabad: Police replace whisky with local liquor
ISLAMABAD: As reported by The News on Monday, more than 26,100 bottles of foreign branded liquor, seized by the Shalimar Police in a raid, valued at Rs200 million, have been replaced with the bottles of almost similar brands filled with local liquor, police insiders disclosed to The News on Sunday. Blue Label, Royal Salute and Black Label were included in the seized liquor, sources said. They added that the market price of Blue Label and Royal Salute is Rs15,000 per bottle in Islamabad. “A major quantity of the branded liquor has been replaced, while the remaining is being shifted gradually but swiftly,” sources averred. In the past, police have conducted several raids and recovered such fake re-bottled liquor from different ‘dens’ in and around Islamabad, but this case is unique in the sense that the Islamabad Police officials are themselves involved in the crime. Sources told ‘The News’ that the services of an ‘expert’ local liquor dealer, resident of a ‘katchi abadi’ in Sector G-8/4, were ‘acquired’ for the whole operation. The man, who got the 26,000 bottles of imported brands of liquor filled with the locally produced ones, is said to be a notorious bootlegger of the city who has been booked by police in at least five cases. Inside sources told ‘The News’ that the imported liquor was seized in a raid in Sector F-10 while acting on information provided by a former female parliamentarian. An Islamabad Police team, led by Superintendent of Police (Shalimar Zone) Captain (r) Liaquat Ali Malik, conducted the raid and seized a container loaded with imported liquor while it was in the early process of unloading at a duplex house, adjacent to the office of the former female MP. The container, according to sources, was later taken to the Shalimar Police Station and the liquor crates were unloaded to be kept in the police station as ‘case evidence’. However, insiders told ‘The News’ that at this point the stealth operation of changing liquor bottles with those filled with locally produced liquor was launched.