Residents up in arms against opening of another liquor vend

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, Ludhiana
  • Updated: May 17, 2014 19:08 IST

Residents of Basti Jodhewal on Saturday raised slogans against the state government to protest against the newly opened liquor vend in the area.

The residents claimed that there were already 4 to 5 liquor vends in the area due to which residents, especially women, felt insecure. Many women residents also sat on protest, which continued for around four hours.

“There are more number of liquor vends than schools here. We were assured that no new liquor vend will be opened. But another vend was opened around 2 am on Saturday,” said Jagjit Singh, a resident of Basti Jodhewal.

Shanti, a resident, said, “There should be no liquor vends in residential areas. The government should focus on opening schools and health centres instead of liquor vends.”

Supporting the residents, ward number 22 councillor Ashwani Kumar said, “We had also staged protest on Thursday. However, the contractor of liquor vend managed to open the vend near a school in the middle of the night.”

Later, additional deputy commissioner of police (ADCP) Swapan Sharma, assistant commissioner of police (ACP) Ramneesh Chaudhary and officials of the excise department visited the spot and reassured the residents of a meeting with the deputy commissioner (DC).

“The police fixed our meeting with the DC on Tuesday. We will apprise him of the matter, and will intensify our struggle if the vend will not be removed,” Kumar added.

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