Amid raging protest against liquor, a shop goes up in flames

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan TImes, Alwar
  • Updated: May 09, 2016 23:25 IST
Charred remains of liquor bottles inside the shop. (HT Photo)

Liquor shop owners of the city on Monday met Alwar superintendent of police (SP) and demanded immediate arrest of 24 people for allegedly torching a liquor shop in Ranjeet Nagar.

The complainants handed over a memorandum to the SP, demanding action against the agitators staging a sit-in in front of the shop at Ranjeet Nagar. They also demanded security to carry out business safely.

Shop owner Tarun Khatri told HT:“At 5am on Monday, North East Block (NEB) police told us that the shop is on fire. When we reached the spot, we found that liquor worth `8-10 lakh have been burnt. We have found a hole in one of the walls of the shop and suspect that petrol might have been poured into the shop through that hole to fuel fire.”

Liquor contractor Mohan Lal told HT that SP Kailash Chandra Vishnoi directed NEB station house officer to take action against miscreants after registering an FIR. “A liquor shop at Andewali Gali and another near Wonder Mall are not running due to agitation by women from Gulabi team, while the shop of Ranjeet Nagar has been gutted. We will approach chief minister Vasundhara Raje and the excise commissioner in Udaipur to brief them about the incident,” said Mohan Lal.

District excise officer Babu Lal Jat said excise inspector Indu Yadav visited the spot. SP Vishnoi told HT that police must act now as the agitators are turning violent.

Prem Lata Sulania of Gulabi Team, which has forced closure of four liquor shops on Vikas Path with help from local traders and civil society organisations, accused shop owners of starting the fire to falsely implicate the agitators and stop the protest.

“Our dharna in front of the liquor shop on Andewali Gali will continue,” said Lata.

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