The excise department on Tuesday recovered huge quantity of countrymade and foreign liquor from an unauthorised shop at Sakchi vegetable market.
Three persons, including the owner, were arrested.
Assistant commissioner of Jamshedpur excise department Rakesh Kumar said the raid was conducted following specific complaints from a section of shopkeepers at the market. “This particular shop (No. 3) did not have the licence to sell alcohol. It was illegally doing business. In addition to selling liquor from the counter, it was also providing space to customers to drink in public,” Kumar said.
As the outlet was situated in the middle of the market, it was causing a lot of inconvenience to customers, he added.
Apart from shop owner Manoj Bajpayee, who is reportedly one of the priests of nearby Shitala Mandir, two customers were also arrested for drinking in public.
Around 280 pouches of spurious countrymade liquor and 68 litres of Indian Made Foreign Liquor (IMFL) kept inside the shop were confiscated and the outlet sealed.
Kumar said he would send the samples to a Ranchi-based laboratory for chemical tests to ascertain whether they were fit for human consumption.
On raids conducted during Durga Puja, the assistant commissioner said the excise department swooped down on as many as 63 places in the city and confiscated over 100 litres of IMFL and 500 litres of countrymade liquor.