The Gujarat police on Saturday booked legislators Alpesh Thakor and Jignesh Mevani and Patidar quota leader Hardik Patel on a complaint filed by a woman, whose house the trio had raided to recover liquor pouches as part of their anti-liquor drive in Gandhinagar. The woman also accused them of planting liquor pouches to claim that she was a bootlegger.

Mr. Thakor, a Congress MLA, along with Independent legislator Mevani and Patel, on Thursday “raided” the house of a woman, identified Kanchanben Makwana, with over a dozen supporters claiming they wanted to expose the alleged “liquor den” operating in the State capital.

The house is located near the office of Gandhinagar Superintendent of Police. Ms. Makwana filed a complaint at the Gandhinagar Sector 21 police station.

The complainant said the trio and their supporters entered her house illegally when no male member was present in the house. She also accused them of planting liquor pouches to prove that she was selling liquor as bootlegger.

After the complaint, the trio reached the Gandhinagar SP office to surrender, asking police to arrest them. “The state government has completely failed to enforced prohibition in the state. There is remnant liquor bootlegging thanks to nexus between police, bootleggers and politicians,” Mr Thakor said.

“Instead of booking bootleggers and those engaged in illegally selling liquor, the state police is booking for exposing liquor dens,” Mr Patel said.

According to Gandhinagar Police, an FIR was lodged against Thakor, Mevani and Patel besides over a dozen others under various section of the Indian Penal Code.

Taking to micro-blogging site Twitter, Patel alleged that the “liquor mafia” can do anything in Gandhi’s Gujarat, with the police and the ruling BJP giving them support.

The three leaders “raided” Makwana’s house at Adivada village after meeting four people who were hospitalised after allegedly consuming spurious liquor in Ahmedabad.

Thakor, who has led anti-liquor agitations in the past, said the aim of the “raid” was to expose the police and the government’s “inaction” to curb alcohol menace in the state.

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