Chandigarh, May 24 -- Amid row over excise revenue loss and liquor smuggling, Punjab Excise and Taxation Department has conducted stock checking at 15 distilleries in the state.

The checking was carried out on Friday, and strict action would be taken if any discrepancy was found during the inspection, officials said."We have conducted stock checking at 15 distilleries," Principal Secretary Excise and Taxation A Venuprasad said on Saturday.

The action was taken after some liquor contractors raised the issue that liquor from other states was being pushed into Punjab for sale and distilleries here were not supplying alcohol to other states and disposing of their stock in the state only.

During stock checking, the department has found 22,000...