Man caught brewing hooch on jail property

Satyaneshan was arrested for distilling arrack in broad daylight inside the property of the open jail at Nettukaltheri.

Kattakada: One man has been arrested for distilling arrack in broad daylight inside the property of the open jail at Nettukaltheri in Thiruvananthapuram district. Satyaneshan, 50, was found by the jail patrol team on Sunday afternoon. He was handed over to the Excise Department.

The incident happened on jail property just three days after gunshots by poachers rang out in the compound. The arrack was brewed among bamboo bushes on Oushadhakunnu near the check dam, where poachers were supposedly spotted earlier.

Ten litres of arrack, 100 litres of wash and utensils were seized. The police believe the spot has been in use for some time for illicit activities. Information on accomplices, if any, is not available, said Neyyatinkara Excise CI Y Shibu.

After gunshots were heard here on Friday night, a gun, phone and magazines left behind by poachers were recovered. The distiller was caught during patrols strengthened after this incident.

The open jail property has no fence, allowing easy trespass. A woman was found decapitated in the bushes here 10 years ago.

A team including Deputy Superintendent Dinesh, Deputy Prison Officer Sudheer, assistant officers Aju and Pushparaj caught the hooch-maker.

Satyaneshan is a resident of Mukundara, Kallikkadu, in Thiruvananthapuram district.

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