QR Code Fraud on Foreign Liquor Bottles in Gr Noida Store Lands Three in Jail

Discrepancies related to QR-codes on foreign liquor bottles in Greater Noida have landed employees of a premium liquor shop in jail, officials said on Thursday.

According to an Excise Department official, the discrepancies were detected during a surprise inspection at the store located in Gaur City area of ​​Greater Noida (West), also known as Noida Extension.

Excise officer Rakesh Bahadur Singh said the department had received information about the use of the same unique Quick Response (QR) code on several liquor bottles, leading to cheating of customers and loss of revenue to the state government.

The incident is of a Premium Retail Shop (PRS) located at Gaur City Golchakkar. There are 15 PRS in the district who have a license to sell premium foreign liquor worth Rs 2,000 or more.

“We got inputs after which we did the checking. We realized that there were duplication and errors in scanning at this store. The shopkeepers were trying to reuse the QR code by putting the same label on many bottles and were fooling the consumers, as well as causing loss to the department.

The official said that after discovering the forgery, the District Magistrate has suspended the license of the liquor shop and sent a show cause notice to the owner.

He said that depending on the response, the department may decide to permanently suspend or cancel the license of the shop.

According to an official statement, the arrested employees have been identified as Brajesh, Mohit and Shivkumar, all three residents of Bahraich district of UP.

A case has been registered against them at the local Bisrakh police station under relevant sections of the Indian Penal Code as well as the Excise Act, 1944.

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