Balangir, May 17: Unearthing an unauthorised foreign liquor manufacturing unit in Lathore Hatapada area under Patnagarh sub-division here on Monday, the Excise Department officials seized products worth over Rs 2 lakh and arrested two persons.
The bootlegger duo has been identified as Pitambar Meher and Gopal Meher. Both are residents of Lathore area.
From reliable sources, Excise officials had got information on a duplicate foreign liquor manufacturing unit run by one Gouri Shankar Thanapati alias Sanjul a few days back. Later they had put the house inside which the unit was functioning, under its radar.
A team of 20 Excise staffs led by Inspector Udaylal Nayak raided the Gouri’s house and seized the duplicate commodities.
While the interrogation of Pitambar and Gopal is underway to extract more information on the liquor duplication, efforts are underway to nab the mastermind Gouri who managed to escape from the spot during the raid, said the officials.