DyCM Pawar spots liquor dens near waste disposal plant, cops act after being chided

PuneA police team reached the spot and used earthmovers to remove the dens. Express

The visit of deputy chief minister Ajit Pawar along with all MLAs in the city to the Hanjer waste disposal plant in Urali Devachi turned out to be a major embarrassment for the Pune city police on Friday. The minister spotted two illegal liquor dens operating in the vicinity of the waste disposal plant. He immediately ordered the police to take action. Soon the police machinery swung into action and the liquor dens were cleared using JCB machines.

Following questions raised during the winter session of the state Assembly by MLAs from Pune regarding the functioning of Hanjer waste disposal plant, Deputy Chief Minister Ajit Pawar Friday visited the spot around 7.30 am. Pune Municipal Commissioner Mahesh Pathak, District Collector Vikas Deshmukh and other government officials were also present.

While having a look at the garbage disposal unit, Pawar and others saw smoke billowing from a spot nearby. Soon, it was revealed that it was from two live illegal liquor dens operating near the waste disposal plant. The liquor dens were operating in the jurisdiction of Hadapsar police station. Pawar came down heavily on the senior inspector of Hadapsar police station and asked him to take immediate action against the liquor dens. "Will Ajit Pawar and R R Patil come and take action against these liquor dens?" Pawar asked the police officer. Pawar then spoke to the Pune police commissioner Gulabrao Pol about the issue.

Soon, DCP (Zone IV) Manoj Patil along with other police officers rushed to the spot. Police team called JCB machines and cleared the liquor dens spread over a wide area. A local villager said these liquor dens have been operating in the garbage depot areas for last many years.

Sources said that police and state excise department had taken action against these liquor dens a few times in the past. However, a few days after the action, the liquor dens again started operating again. While speaking to media persons at the Council Hall, Pawar said, "Orders were given to the police commissioner to clear the liquor dens immediately. If such illegal activities are again seen at this spot, action will be taken against the police officer at the respective police station."

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