IMFL outlet ransacked as anti-liquor protests break out in MP’s Bundelkhand region
The local liquor contractor, Madan Dubey, had informally agreed to the villagers’ demand that two wine shops in the residential area be relocated soon. However, his promise remained unfulfilled for a long time – causing the residents to go on a rampage.bhopal Updated: Apr 02, 2017 11:25 IST
A group of women and youngsters ransacked a liquor shop at Khimlasa village in Bundelkhand’s Sagar district on Saturday, after repeated requests to shift it out of their locality fell on deaf ears.
Bina MLA Mahesh Rai said the local liquor contractor, Madan Dubey, had informally agreed to the villagers’ demand that two wine shops in the residential area be relocated soon. However, his promise remained unfulfilled for a long time – causing the residents to go on a rampage.
Khimlasa police station officer JS Randhawa told the HT that he was yet to receive a complaint in this regard. Dubey could not be contacted despite repeated attempts.
This was no stray incident. Residents of many villages in the Bundelkhand region want liquor outlets shifted out of residential zones.
On Friday, residents of Rajakhedi village in Sagar launched an agitation to demand the relocation of a liquor shop in the area. The protesters, led by BJP MLA Pradeep Lariya, also submitted a memorandum in this regard to police officers and the local administration.
In another incident, many women from Pathariya Jat village recently visited the collectorate with a memorandum that liquor shops be established at a “safe distance” from their homes. Residents of Satai Road in Chhatarpur went a step further, blocking a busy road to demand the relocation of a liquor shop from the vicinity of a private school. The “chakka jam” was lifted only after sub-divisional magistrate DP Dwivedi and police officials assured them of prompt governmental action.
Dwivedi told Hindustan Times that the liquor shop had been recently shifted from a national highway to the locality in keeping with a Supreme Court order. “We have directed the excise department to submit a report, following which the administration will take action,” he added.
Residents of Mata Madia area under Motinagar police station in Sagar city also took out a march recently to protest the presence of a liquor shop near a temple.