Warangal: Tadi, known by many local names, is an alcoholic beverage made from the sap of various species of palm trees such as palm trees, dates and coconut palms. Task force police arrested four people on Thursday. He is accused of making adulterated toddy. According to the task force, the gang used to prepare fake toddy with ammonia, saccharin powder, soapberry etc. The arrested people have been identified as Kamareddy Nagendra, Parakala Naveen Kumar, Godishala Yugender and Juluri Raju from Warangal. Police said that during interrogation, one of the accused, Kamareddy Narendra, told that he had taken the toddy complex on lease from Pogaku Sarangapani in Lakshmipuram under Inthejarganj police station area.
Police said the gang was supplying spurious toddy at the rate of Rs 30 per packet to five shops - Ramakrishna of Kashibugga, Sambaiah of LB Nagar, Kalamma of Gutta, Ravi of Lakshmipuram and Satyam Warangal in Under Bridge area, costing Rs 3,000. From Rs. 4,000 in a day. The police have also recovered 300 liters of fake toddy and a two-wheeler used for transportation, apart from the material used in making toddy. The owner of the complex, Pogaku Sarangapani, is absconding. The accused have been handed over to Intejarganj police for further legal action.
The toddy is known by different names in different regions and is common in various parts of Africa, the Caribbean, South America, South Asia, Southeast Asia and Micronesia. Palm wine production by small farmers and individual farmers can promote conservation as palm trees become a source of regular household income.