Dry day is blessing in disguise for liquor shop owners

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, Bathinda
  • Updated: Oct 03, 2014 00:09 IST

Far away from Gandhi Jayanti celebrations, liquor shop owners minted money by making liquor available at their shops, even just opposite to a local police station.

On October 2, dry day was observed only in papers in Bathinda. When Punjab chief minister Parkash Singh Badal was holding a state-level function to launch the 'Sawachh Bharat Abhiyan' here, the excise department was sleeping over rule books, allowing liquor contractors to do their business.

As per laws, all wine and liquor shops would remain closed on October2; however, liquor shop owners are violating the law openly without any fear.

Though shutters of all shops are down, they are selling liquor behind the shop.

Shockingly, a liquor shop opposite the canal police station was not hesitant in selling liquor, but there was no policeman to keep a check.

Liquor vends make a good profit, between 50% and 70%, by selling liquor on dry days.

The wine office was also open, but unlike the pierced shutter shops, it was open like any other day, making it easy for people to buy liquor and wine without any trouble or middleman.

Meanwhile, BS Gill, excise and taxation officer, Bathinda, it was 100% dry day on Thursday and all liquor shops are closed, however strict action would be taken against those who found breaching the rule.

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