Mumbai : It seems the Mumbai Police have been more active past the Malvani hooch tragedy that took a toll of 104 lives last year. As on Tuesday, the Dharavi Police booked a man along with his tempo which allegedly carried nearly 420 liters of methanol.
“As a part of regular check the police examined a tempo and found around 420 liters of liquid been laid on the vehicle”, said an official from Dharavi Police. “When quizzed about it the driver Prakash Parmar (30) could hardly respond to our questions, leading us to sense something foul”, he added. The police informed the FDA authorities about the tempo but due to their unavailability, the driver was booked and the liquid along with the tempo was seized.
It is learnt that the FDA authorities arrived the next day and have taken a sample of the liquid to find out what exactly it is but in the primary investigation, the cops and the FDA authorities suspect this 420 liters of liquid to be – Methanol – a highly toxic form of alcohol which is unfit for consumption.
As per the police the accused was heading towards a slum area in Dharavi wherein the accused claims to have a workshop where he manufactures a body spray and brought this big amount of the liquid for body spray production. The accused has been booked under section 285 of IPC. However, it can be said that the police have avoided another hooch tragedy by seizing this huge amount of methanol liquid which killed around 104 men in city’s Malvani area.