Dalit sarpanch complains threat to life for initiating drive against liquor sale
A Dalit sarpanch in Kota district has lodged a police complaint alleging threat to his life from liquor mafia for initiating a drive for liquor ban in his gram panchayatUpdated: Oct 24, 2017 21:25 IST
A Dalit sarpanch in Kota district has lodged a police complaint alleging threat to his life from liquor mafia for initiating a drive for liquor ban in his gram panchayat.
In his complaint to the police, Nandlal Meghwal, 35, the sarpanch of Dolya Gram Panchayat under Ladpura block of Kota rural, alleged that on Monday night he got a call on his mobile phone from people linked to the liquor mafia. They allegedly threatened to kill him if he continued with the campaign to ban liquor in the gram panchayat.
Following which Nandlal, who is also the district president of the Kota Sarpanch Sangh (Association), lodged a complaint at the Mandana police station. He named Cheetar Lal, from whose mobile phone the call was allegedly made, and Bhagchand for issuing the life threat.
“The Dolya Gram Panchayat had taken a decision at the gram sabha held on October 2 for complete liquor ban in the gram panchayat, as liquor ruins families, and later a memorandum was handed over to the district collector in support of the resolution on October 3,” Nandlal said.
“Later, it came to light that there is no authorised liquor shop in the gram panchayat and the existing shops are running illegally,” he said. “Now, when process for closing the illicit liquor shops is underway, the rattled liquor mafia is issuing life threat,” he added.
Mandana police station circle inspector Nand Singh said Nandlal has given a police complaint of life threat, on which a probe will be done. “Also, efforts are being made to trace the accused through the mobile locations,” he added.
“When I visited the location to check the sale of liquor, no such activity was found, which indicates that the liquor vendors had shifted the stock elsewhere before arrival of the police,” the officer said.
First Published: Oct 24, 2017 21:25 IST