Bengaluru liquor store owner booked after bill for Rs 52,841 goes viral

Elias Hubbard
May 5, 2020

Liquor stores in marketplaces, malls and those that are located within containment zones remained closed.

By about 9:30 a.m., a line of more than 500 people had formed outside a liquor store in the capital's eastern area of Kalyan Puri, before the shop was closed and police baton-charged the crowd to disperse it, a Reuters witness said. One of them was that standalone liquor shops in orange and green zones were allowed to reopen but with several guidelines of social distancing.

In Delhi several liquor shops were shut down after police had to lathi-charge as people flouted social distancing norms.

"We hope to exhaust old stocks by this weekend, as there is no limit to buying any quantity of liquor from retail outlets or wholesale shops in all zones except in hotspots or containment areas for consumption at home and in view of the soaring demand after 40 dry days", Nagesh said. However, they were closed within 15 minutes after people did not follow police instructions. "No marshal was deployed at these shops".

Meanwhile, police in Gujarat's city of Surat fired tear gas at a crowd of protesting migrant workers seeking to return to their homes in states across India.

"The long queues started early in the morning outside liquor shops, even before the shops opened for sale, which led to social distancing going for a toss, in some areas it became a law and order problem and some vends had to be shut", said V.K. Arora, Convenor of Delhi RWA Forum.

There are around 850 liquor shops in the city, including those run by government agencies and private individuals. "They must also have staff for proper crowd management and for making announcements through public announcement systems", the report said.

This is despite strict orders that people buying alcohol would have to stand six feet apart, and that only five people would be allowed inside a shop at any given time.

It also suggested that a close watch to be maintained over the communities involved in the illegal sale of liquor and other bootleggers.

The decision came after the restrictions were eased on May 3 and the states chose to pull up the shutters of liquor shops across India. The bill prompted the state excise department to book the Bengaluru vendor for violating license rules.

The Delhi government has planned to garner more revenue from liquor sales as the lockdown has disrupted the businesses and tax collection in the national capital. The government-run shops allowed will operate from 9 am to 6.30 pm.

The decrease in the figures on May 4 was reported since all liquor stores in the state did not begin functioning on Monday.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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