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Residents continue protest against liquor shops

HT correspondent, Hindustan Times  Ludhiana, June 11, 2014
First Published: 23:15 IST(11/6/2014) | Last Updated: 23:19 IST(11/6/2014)

Protest by residents of Atal Nagar in Basti Jodhewal, on Wednesday, entered its 13th day after authorities failed to meet their demand of relocating a new liquor shop in the residential area.

Residents gathered at the deputy commissioner's (DC) office said women were unable to come out during evenings due to the presence of six liquor shops in the area.

Now, another shop would come up in the area, taking the tally to seven.

A number of residents signed on a memorandum and presented it to the DC demanding strict action against the new shop, which they think will worsen the situation in the area.

Lal Chand, a resident of the area, said the administration was indifferent to the grievances of the residents and one after the other, liquor shops were being allowed in the area, leading to deteriorating conditions especially for women.

“There are six liquor shops within half a kilometre of the area. Now a seventh shop is ready to open. On the one hand, the government is trying to curb a drug menace and on the other, it is promoting liquor in the state,” said Lal Chand.

Residents said if the shop was allowed to come up in the area, they would go on a hunger strike.

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