A unit manufacturing spurious liquor was raided on Tuesday afternoon by excise department officials and the district police at Jadugora, around 22km from Jamshedpur.
Thirty bottles of Indian-made foreign liquor, 50 empty bottles, 500 caps, dyes and a large number of labels of well-known liquor brands were recovered by the team from a house in Kendadih locality.
A bootlegger, 25-year-old Bablu Singh was arrested.
Speaking to The Telegraph, excise department inspector K.V. Minz said the raid was conducted after a tip-off on Monday about the unit supplying liquor to outlets in the city.
"A 40-member joint team of the state excise department and Jadugora police started the hunt in the morning and we managed to nab the culprit around 1pm from the house. We also recovered nearly 50 litres of spirit stocked in two drums. The market value of the seized consignment including the dyes is to the tune of Rs 2 lakh," said the inspector.
Samples of the confiscated liquor and dyes would be sent to Ranchi-based forensic science laboratory to ascertain whether it was fit for human consumption.
Sub inspector of the excise department Ram Lal Singh said preliminary interrogation of the culprit suggested the existence of a much bigger racket in the steel city.
"It is only the tip of the iceberg. At least 50 such plants are functional. We are now trying to get hold of the kingpin of the racket," said the sub inspector.
"The arrested youth has confessed that they used to sell one crate of liquor (containing 38 bottles of IMFL) for Rs 1,500 to Rs 2,000. Genuine IMFL is sold in the range of Rs 2,800 and Rs 3,000 per crate," said an official.