Unit making fake premium brands of scotch whisky unearthed

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New Delhi, Feb 4 (PTI) Delhi Police today claimed to haveunearthed a unit making fake premium scotch whisky andarrested six persons, including a former MNC bank employee,besides seizing over 150 bottles of alcohol.

The six men had been selling fake premium scotch whiskybrands like Johnny Walker, Black Label and Chivas Regal toparties in farm houses and to individuals as genuine scotchwhisky for Rs 30,000 for one carton (12 bottles).

"We have unearthed a manufacturing unit, the press whichprinted counterfeit stickers and labels of various premiumbrands of scotch whisky, machines used for making fake caps ofbottles, a large number of empty bottles of premium scotchwhisky," a senior police official said.

The arrests came after the police received informationabout the sale of fake scotch whisky and that one person wouldcome to Rohini Sector-9 on January 30. Vinod Dua (45) wasarrested from there allegedly with 84 bottles of fake scotchwhisky.

Dua told the police that he purchased those bottles fromone Sudhir Yadav (36), a graduate and former employee of anMNC bank who was later arrested from Sarita Vihar allegedlywith 36 bottles.

Following Yadav''s arrest, raids were conducted at hisflat in Sarita Vihar resulting in unearthing of amanufacturing unit for making fake premium scotch whiskybrands.

Mohd Nazim (28) and Raju, scrap dealers who suppliedempty bottles of scotch whisky along with cartons, were alsoapprehended.

The next to be arrested was Narender Chopra (60) whoallegedly provided fake caps of various premium brands andfake stickers and labels of premium brands of scotch whisky.

He was apprehended from Geeta Colony and a raid at hispremises yielded machines used for making fake stickers.

Sushil Mittal (40) was arrested following questioning ofthe others. Yadav had left his job and for the last 3 years,he has been running the unit from his flat in Sarita Vihar.

"Yadav spent about Rs 7,200 to prepare 12 bottles ofscotch whisky. In order to manufacture fake scotch whisky,Yadav mixed Bagpiper with Signature whisky in proportion of 75per cent and 25 per cent to prepare his brew," he said. Heallegedly sold 12 bottles to Vinod Dua for Rs 13,200.

Chopra, who used to provide Yadav with fake bottle capsand stickers of various premium brands of scotch whisky, hasbeen manufacturing counterfeit caps and stickers and labelsfor the last 15 years. Each cap along with sticker was soldfor Rs 100 to Yadav.

Dua was a property dealer and suffered heavy lossesdue to bad investments. For the last three years, the officialsaid, he has been selling fake scotch whisky and with hisearnings he had recently purchased a luxury car.

Mittal, who works as a partime accountant, sold fakescotch whisky for the parties at farm houses and toindividuals and charged them Rs 30,000 for one carton of 12bottles.

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