Ahmedabad, Aug 2 (IANS): A lookout has been issued against the director of the Ahmedabad-based AMOS company, Samir Patel, by the Bureau of Immigration in the Botad-Ahmedabad tragedy in which 46 people died.
The notice was published at the request of the Government of Gujarat.
Patel has been summoned by the Special Investigation Team (SIT) investigating the hooch tragedy.
The SIT, appointed by the state government, is headed by Superintendent of Police Nirlipt Rai and investigates all aspects of the illicit alcohol trade.
Speaking to IANS, Rai said: “We are investigating how the 600 liters of methyl alcohol got out of the AMOS company and fell into the hands of smugglers. In this regard, we had issued summonses to the four directors of the AMOS company asking them to appear before the investigation team to have their statement recorded, but none of the four directors showed up on Monday.”
There was a fear that Samir Patel might flee the country and so at the request of the Gujarat government, the Union Home Ministry Immigration Bureau issued a lookout, the officer said. .
On Tuesday morning, the SIT team carried out search operations at the residences and other premises of Samir Patel and other residences of the director.
Patel and another director, Rajat Choksi, are on the run. Two other directors, Chandubhai Patel and Pankaj Patel, were available, summonses issued to them asking them to appear personally or through a lawyer before the SIT by Wednesday evening. These two directors are over 80 years old and the SIT is trying to understand their role in the company, whether they are active partners or limited partners of the company, added the official.
Rai said there was some laxity on the part of the Prohibition and Excise Department as without their permission unauthorized methanol, the most toxic chemical, made its way into the market. Grey.