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Move to wall up temple foiled

RESIDENTS ON Monday forced closure of a model shop on Rana Pratap Marg. Residents were angry with liquor shop owner?s efforts to veil the temple by raising a wall.

india Updated: Apr 25, 2006 00:47 IST

RESIDENTS ON Monday forced closure of a model shop on Rana Pratap Marg.

Residents were angry with liquor shop owner’s efforts to veil the temple by raising a wall.

According to a resident Sandeep Seth, the owners of the model shops were constructing a wall to veil the temple. This according to him was being done with the intention of ‘circumventing’ the High Court orders falling. Seth said that the orders prohibit existence of model shops, liquor shops and beer shops within 100 metres of the temple. The wall was brought down by the residents. Also, the lower grade forest employees association leader A Asthana sat in front of the model shop along with supporters preventing its opening. He said he would not let the model shop run against the law.

Over 100 women also joined the protest and protested the construction of the wall veiling the temple. He said that a writ petition was filed in the High Court against the existence of the liquor shops within the vicinity of the temple some one-and-a-half years ago, but the petition was withdrawn following a threat on the eve of appearing before the court, said Shiv Kumar.

Referring to the construction of wall, he said that  in no way the residents would allow the construction of wall. He further accused the State Electricity Board for allegedly conniving with the bar owner and allowing them to carry out the construction.

A memorandum signed by Sudhir Shukla, Mr Jain, Prabhat Seth, Amit Jain, Mr Lakhani, Reeta Yadav, Om Prakash Singh, Bobby Yadav, Rajan Dwivedi, Sanju Rawat, Rinku, Geeta, Babli, V Kapur, and Mr Jaani was submitted to the District Magistrate. “We are determined to carry out the agitation and see that there was no violation of the court’s orders, said Seth.