The excise department ordered the closure of a liquor shop near a school on Thursday, two days after parents threatened to pull their children out of the school.
Parents of 1054 girls of the government girls’ senior secondary school in Barmer warned of school boycott if the nearby wine shop was not closed by May 4.
Local residents had also started an indefinite dharna in front of the liquor shop a week ago demanding its closure.
“Following directions by district collector Sudheer Sharma at a meeting on Thursday, the department ordered closure of the liquor shop and asked the contractor to search for another location to set up the shop,” excise inspector Bhanwar Lal said.
This is the fourth liquor shop that was closed after protests by Barmer residents. Earlier, liquor shops opened at Chohtan Road, Mahaveer Nagar and Raycolony Road were closed.
Considering protests by the locals, the collector had earlier ordered a temporary closure of the shop near the school till the issue was resolved.
On Sunday, women protesters forcefully entered the liquor shop and asked the shop owner to close it. A delegation of women protesters also met chief minister Vasundhara Raje in Jodhpur to demand closure of the shop.
Anti-liquor protests have spread from rural areas to cities in Rajasthan – Jaipur and Barmer recorded many such incidents.
Apart from city residents, BJP leader and Barmer Urban Improvement Trust chairperson Priyanka Choudhary protested against liquor shops in residential areas. A voluntary organisation, Group of People, suggested a separate ‘wine zone’ outside city limits. Congress legislator from Barmer Mevaram Jain urged district authorities to adopt this concept and shut down all the liquor shops opened in residential areas.