Chandigarh – Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) president Sukhbir Singh Badal on Sunday asked the Election Commission to take emergent steps to stop large scale distribution of illegal liquor by the Congress party in Shahkot and stop Congress goons from intimidating voters to ensure a free and fair by-poll. In a statement here, the SAD president said a few days after the party gave photographic evidence of unlicensed liquor bottles which were being distributed in Shahkot by the Congress party a truck load of the same which was being taken to Shahkot constituency under escort had been seized at Baghapurana on Saturday night.He said the liquor was the same- First Choice which was manufactured by former Congress minister Rana Gurjit’s distillery about which a complaint had been submitted to the EC earlier. “The chief electoral officer said the charge could not be substantiated by the SAD. Now the people have proved the charge by seizing the truck after deflating its tyres. It is high time the EC acts on this matter and stops Congress goons from distributing liquor which could endanger the lives of the people because it did not have any excise permit,” he said. The SAD president also disclosed that the police and civil administration was not doing its duty. He said the liquor which was being taken to Shahkot was being led by an escort vehicle. He said even after the truck was seized by people who had got disgusted by constant flow of truckloads of illegal liquor to Shahkot, the police was reluctant to take any action on the issue due to pressure from the Congress party.
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