The Gujarat Police struck big with the arrest of high-profile bootlegger Joginder alias Fauji. A partner of Vinod Sindhi, Joginder was arrested from a village near the Maharashtra-Madhya Pradesh border.
The arrest was made after a tip-off received by the State Monitoring Cell. The breakthrough in arresting Joginder, who is a kingpin in illegal liquor trade worth Rs 500 crore per annum in Gujarat, is considered big success for Superintendent of Police Nirlipta Rai.
Such was Joginder’s clout and financial strength that he had rented a godown in Haryana – from where he was operating since 2008 – for Rs 50 lakh a month. He was a partner of Vinod Sindhi for smuggling liquor into Gujarat.
On an average, five truckloads of alcohol, often of inferior quality and diluted, were smuggled into Gujarat daily through Joginder’s network. Joginder was also named in the murder of Vadodara gangster Mukesh Harjani.
The police have seized Rs 8 lakh cash and an Innova car besides two phones from Joginder. Deputy Superintendent of Police KT Kamaria, who is in charge of the State Monitoring Cell, also had a big role to play in the arrest.