Complaint of adulteration of alcohol without receiving a “kick”; An inquiry has been ordered

The man claimed the bottles contained water as a substitute of liquor.


A 42-year-old man from Ujjain in Madhya Pradesh has complained to authorities about a shop allegedly selling him adulterated liquor as he didn’t get a “kick” after consuming it, following which the excise commissioner here has requested officers to conduct a probe into the matter and take action accordingly.

Lokesh Sothia, a resident of Bahadur Ganj area in Ujjain, in his grievance stated he purchased 4 sealed ‘quarter’ bottles of country liquor from a shop on April 12.

“My friend and I consumed liquor from two of those bottles (each of 180 ml), but I did not feel high (intoxicated),” Sothia, who operates a parking zone, told PTI.

The man claimed the bottles contained water as a substitute of liquor.

“I have kept the two other bottles intact, to be submitted as proof when required. There had been reports of adulteration in food, oil and other things, now it is being done in liquor as well. This is very disturbing. I am going to move the consumer forum,” Sothia stated, adding that he has been consuming liquor for last 20 years and is “well aware of its taste and quality”.

The man stated he has sent a grievance to Madhya Pradesh Home Minister Narottam Mishra and Ujjain Excise Commission Inder Singh Damor concerning the “adulterated liquor” sold to him.

When contacted, Damor told PTI on Saturday that he has requested an official to look into Sothia’s grievance. “After the probe, action will be taken accordingly,” he added.

Sothia’s lawyer Narendra Singh Dhakde stated they would file a cheating case in a consumer forum.

“My client runs a paid parking lot. He has been drinking for a few years and is aware of the difference between real and fake liquor,” the lawyer stated.

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