The panchayat of Mohi village has passed a resolution and sought the removal of a liquor vend which it claims to be located on sacred land.
The panchayat has sent the resolution to the district administration and the district excise department. The villagers claim that no one consumes alcohol in the village, which Guru Gobind Singh visited once and the liquor from the vend is usually bought by passers-by.
The villagers had earlier staged a protest in favour of their demand and have sent many representations to the deputy commissioner, but to no avail.
The village, located on Guru Gobind Singh Marg, is around 32 km from Ludhiana. “The village has a historical gurdwara in the name of the tenth Sikh guru and devotees from other states also visit the shrine to pay their obeisance,” said Gurmeet Singh, resident of the village.
“The vend is situated on the Guru Gobind Singh Marg and we find its location objectionable,” he added. “Earlier, the vend was at Khandoor village, 2.5 km from Mohi. After militancy, the vend was shifted here in 1998,” he said. “The people have been opposing the vend for long, but now they have started a movement against it.”
Pritam Singh, a villager, said the government and the department concerned should remove the liquor vend, keeping in mind the sentiments of the village.
History of Mohi village
Gurmeet Singh Mohi, a government teacher who has been leading the protest, said Guru Gobind Singh had visited the village on December 31, 1704, after Machhiwara and Alamgir Sahib. The Sikh guru had swollen because of which a ring was stuck in his finger. Bhai Jawala Singh, a devotee, had cut the ring to help the Guru Gobind.
For this, the Sikh Guru had blessed the whole village, saying: “Chadhi Aayu, Latthi Jayu (If someone attacks the village, he would be defeated.” Villagers claim that this came true on September 6, 1965, when a Pakistani aircraft had dropped four bombs on the village, but they fell on the village's periphery and no one was hurt. Giani Jail Singh, the chief minister in 1973, had at that time visited the village and announced that no liquor shop would be allowed on Guru Gobind Singh Marg.
38 villages seek removal of vends
Panchayats of 38 villages of Ludhiana have approached the excise department to remove the liquor vends from their respective villages in the past year. The panchayats have passed a resolution against the wine shops and sent it to the department. The department would take decision over the wine shops before auctions. The department has received maximum 72 applications from Barnala district for removal of wine shops from villages. The panchayats willing to remove wine shops have to send the resolution passed in favor of removal of liquor vend to the department by October 31 every year.