In a joint operation by the police and Excise and Taxation Department, a team seized 50 cartons of illicit countrymade liquor from a workshop near Seekri village in the district on Monday. Five persons were arrested and drums and a car loaded with liquor recovered from the spot. A police spokesperson said the illegal factory was operational in a tin shed on the Shahpur Khurd road. It was claimed that the countrymade liquor was being manufactured using chemicals developed locally and no neutral alcohol or spirit was being used. The accused have been identified as Sunny, Rajnish, Saurav and Lakheram, hailing from Samastipur in Bihar, and Sandeep of Gohana in Sonepat district. The 50 cartons bore the mark ‘for sale in Uttar Pradesh’. The accused had reportedly shifted to this location about a week back. The police said a case was registered and they were probing all angles. The car bore an Uttar Pradesh registration number.