Collector insists on shifting liquor shops

Collector insists on shifting liquor shops
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The district administration directed the excise officials to cancel the wine shops that were set up in residential areas in the district. Collector K Bhaskar insisted that the shops be moved from residential areas to other distant places without fail.

Eluru: The district administration directed the excise officials to cancel the wine shops that were set up in residential areas in the district. Collector K Bhaskar insisted that the shops be moved from residential areas to other distant places without fail.

He presided over the district officers’ coordination committee meeting held at collectorate on Monday and said that the liquors shops established amid residential areas should be shifted to other places in the wake of women agitations.

The collector said that though this decision may incur some loss, the feelings of women should be respected. He said that the liquor shops should be set up according to the rules framed by the government.

He assured to recoup the income through other means. “The excise officials should also take the campaign against the consumption of liquor among youth,” he added Joint collectors Pulipati Koteswara Rao, MH Sheriff, district revenue officer Katta Hymavathi, and others participated in the meeting.

Eluru/Dwaraka Tirumala/Achanta: The women attacked a liquor shop at Kamavarapukota on Monday protesting its reopening. They ransacked the furniture and broke the bottles on the road.

The police reached the spot and tried to pacify the women but in vain. The women went on a rampage and did not heed to the requests of SI Tadikelapudi. They stated that the shop was established opposite to Goddess Durga Temple and near to school. They also said many women and college going girls board buses at the centre and will be returning home late around 9-10 pm.

They complained that this shop may cause hardships to women and demanded its removal from the busy angareddygudem-Eluru road. Meanwhile in Valluru road of Achanta mandal, the women and villagers resorted to a rasta roko. They squatted on the road and raised slogans against the officials demanding closure of liquor shops in residential areas. They asked the officials to shift the liquor shop to other place or threatened to intensify their agitation.

In Eluru, women agitated against the setting up of liquor shop at Arundhathipeta area. They stated that though they represented many times, no action was initiated by the Excise officials to shift the liquor shop from the residential area. The police came to the spot and pacified the women. On the demand of women, the liquor shop was closed for time-being.

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