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Posted: Friday, November 20 2009. 10:05

Bootleggers on Net in Excise Net

The Delhi Excise department claims to have busted a racket in which smuggled foreign liquor was being supplied to posh areas of South Delhi using Facebook and other social networking sites through the community called Whisky on Wheels, according to media reports.

Officials said the Excise Intelligence Bureau also seized 294 bottles of very costly foreign liquors and three cars used for home delivery of the liquor in various South Delhi localities. Three residents of South Delhi, have been arrested in his connection.

The racketeers had allegedly formed a community called "Whisky on Wheels" on popular social networking site 'Face Book' for home delivery of foreign liquor, officials said. They also used other social networking sites like Naymz and Orkut wherein they provided telephone number and email ID for placing home delivery orders according to a report in the PTI.

The Excise Intelligence Bureau (EIB) had reportedly received specific information Wednesday that an organised racket of home delivery of whisky was operating in posh areas of south Delhi. “Surveillance was mounted and a joint raid with Delhi Police was conducted at Vasant Vihar, Sainik Farms and Saket resulting in the arrest.

The report comes in the wake of reports of raids on the offices of Diageo offices by the customs officers in Mumbai and other areas. The liquor company is alleged to have been evading duties to the tunes of Rs. 100 crores ($20 million) a year by under-invoicing in conjunction with the Indian distributor.

The raid in Delhi yielded several bottles of Johnny Walker in all colours (Red Black, Gold and Blue) imported by Diageo, Belvedere Vodka and other liquors.


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