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Liquor shop shut in Rajasthan after protests

The excise department shut down a country liquor shop in a residential area in Bharatpur on Saturday after protests

jaipur Updated: Apr 22, 2017 19:38 IST
Suresh Foujdar
Women protest outside a liquor shop in Bharatpur on Saturday.
Women protest outside a liquor shop in Bharatpur on Saturday. (HT Photo)

The excise department shut down a country liquor shop in a residential area in Bharatpur on Saturday after protests. The anti-liquor protests have spread from rural areas to cities in Rajasthan – Jaipur and Barmer recorded many such incidents.

“The department has ordered closure of the liquor shop and asked the contractor to search for another location to set up the shop,” said Bharatpur excise inspector Umesh Kumar Gupta.

People, including women, staged a demonstration and blocked a road, demanding removal of the liquor shop from Brigadier Ghasiram colony in Bharatpur. They shouted slogans against the district administration.

State Congress senior vice president and Kumher-Deeg legislator Vishvendra Singh joined the protesters. People ended their protest after district collector Narendra Kumar Gupta ensured the removal of the liquor shop.

Sunita Devi, a protester, said the excise department has set up the liquor shop on the road leading to the colony. “Drunk people try to molest our daughters. Eve-teasers sit at the liquor shop and pass comments on women,” she said.

Vishvendra Singh said the excise department’s sanction to set up the liquor shop was illegal. “I had requested officials concerned to remove the shop. People’s protest against the liquor shop is proper. We again requested the district collector and excise officials to shift the shop,” he said.