Women demand shifting of liquor shops
Tension prevailed as hundreds of women on Wednesday blocked the Kendrapada-Orat road and staged a hunger strike demanding shifting of two liquor shops at Angulai Chhak in the district.
The shops have been established illegally and despite repeated appeals to the district administration for their shifting no action has been taken, the agitators alleged.
“The shops are located close to schools, temples and the Angulai panchayat office. People in general and particularly women are facing difficulties. The drunkards are creating nuisance and passing comments on women and girls. We do not want any liquor outlets here in the Angulai panchayat,” said Angulai panchayat sarpanch Durgabati Pradhan.
Echoing similar views, another local said the shops established have been violating the rules. “Though we had appraised the district administration about the matter, it has turned a blind eye to it.”
During the demonstration a scuffle ensued between the women protestors and police personnel when they tried to vandalise the shops.
A platoon of police have been deployed to prevent any further deterioration in the law and order situation, informed a police official.
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