Ponty’s liquor factory sealed, management booked for violating norms

A liquor factory of slain and controversial industrialist Ponty Chadha was Friday sealed by Punjab Pollution Control Board and a case was also registered against its management for violating norms.

The board took action as the factory was found violating pollution control norms, officials said.

There have been complaints against A B Agro Limited, the company run by Chadha, in the past by

villagers and residents of the area that the management has not been following pollution norms and as a result foul smell was emanating and untreated water was going into the Beas river, they said.

Locals were suffering from lung diseases and ground water was also found to be polluted, they added.

"A team of senior PPCB officials, led by its chairman Ravinder Singh, had visited the liquor factory and found that its management was violating guidelines of the board and the factory was sealed," Gurdaspur Pollution Control Executive Engineer Sandeep Behl said.

Behl said that the management of the factory has been booked under relevant sections of the Water and Pollution Control Act. The accused were absconding.

Chadha and his younger brother Hardeep were killed in an exchange of fire at a farmhouse in South Delhi last month over a property dispute.

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