VILLUPURAM: It was supposed to be a normal working day for the students of a primary school in Tirukoilur. But, soon they were out of their Monday blues and the whole school was abuzz with action by police and villagers. Reason: illicit liquor was found inside the school water tank. Four people were arrested in connection with the storing of the liquor.
The matter came to light on Monday when students of Veerapandi Town Panchayat Primary School, near Tirukoilur, went to drink water supplied from an overhead tank during the break.
However, it tasted bad and had a foul smell. The students informed teachers, who asked them not to consume it, assuming that a rat may have died inside it.
They, subsequently, sought the help of a few villagers to check the water tank. However, what they found was totally unexpected — two plastic vessels and a sack full of fermented wash.
The school authorities immediately alerted the Arangandanallur police, who rushed to the spot and seized 10 litres of wash. Tirukoilur DSP Geetha too also visited the school.
During inquiry, it was found that some miscreants had kept the wash hidden inside the water tank to evade police raid. This had got mixed with water.
Villagers alleged that during holidays, some people use the school premises for selling and consuming liquor. The school has no compound wall, which makes it easy for the miscreants to gain entry.
A police team was deployed in the village and raids were conducted in the houses of some suspects. Consequently, police arrested four persons - Sekar (52) and E Rajakumari(28), who kept the wash inside the tank, and Iyyanara (52) and Ezhumalai (51), of Arunapuram, for aiding the duo. Police also seized 5 litres of wash from them.
Veerapandi village is notorious for the rampant sale of illicit liquor and fermented wash. Though police have adopted various measures to eradicate the menace, it has not been successful as those involved enjoy the support of politicians and even some police officials.