Bhubaneswar: Angry with the reopening of a foreign liquor shop in their locality, after failing to get help from the district administration, hundreds of women on Wednesday ransacked a liquor shop at Tankapani Road in Bhubaneswar.
Wielding bamboo sticks, shovels and hoes, the women arrived at the shop in the afternoon and started ransacking it. They threw out the items of the shop and broke the walls and roof of the shop.
The women alleged that the liquor shop is only a 100 m away from Siridi Sai temple, which attracts a large number of devotees everyday. Besides, a large number of students use the road in front of it. It may have bad impact on children in the locality.
Moreover the liquor shop is on the road connecting five villages. The people who return to their homes after their daily earning spend a good amount at the shop every day.
As per norms bars and liquor shops should be located 500 m away from residential areas and 100 m away from places of worship and educational institutions. But the shop has been set up very close to educational institutions and temples.
The liquor shop was initially opened in 2010 and was closed down following agitation by women organizations and local residents. It reopened recently.
This is yet another incident in which local residents, mainly women, have come forwarD and have destroyed liquor shops in the city.
Source: 360 NS