Jalandhar: Selling liquor in residential area, women stage protest : The Tribune India


Tribune press service

Jalandhar, August 18

Protesting the opening of a liquor store in their residential area, many of the women in Golden Avenue Phase II staged a dharna in front of the store, demanding that it be closed or move to a non-residential location.

According to reports, around 7 a.m., a large number of local women arrived at the scene and blocked the entrance to the liquor store. They also asked nearby traders to close their stores to support their demand. Following this, traders closed their shops from 7:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. to show their solidarity with the protesters and waved slogans against the district administration and the Excise Department for allowing alcohol sales in residential areas.

Speaking to Jalandhar Tribune, Jaspreet Kaur, one of the protesters, said the new liquor sale was opened at the main entrance to the settlement. “In addition, the main market of the settlement is also located nearby. Women, girls, children and others residing here do not feel safe so it must be closed or moved as soon as possible,” she said.

She further said that they had been protesting the opening of this liquor store for several days, but the authorities concerned took no action. “We organized this seven-hour protest today, so that the relevant officials would wake up from their sleep and pay attention to our demands, but to no avail. If the sale of alcohol is not closed in the next few days, we will come to the roads and protest against the administration,” said another Mamta protester.

District BJP Chairman Amarjit Singh Amri, who also participated in the protest, said that due to the opening of this liquor sale in the area, non-vegetarian food stalls also appeared on the street. road. “Residents, especially young girls and women, are facing a lot of inconvenience because of this and the administration must act accordingly and shut down the sale of alcohol immediately,” he said.

He further said that the AAP government had made great promises to end the ‘mafia raj’ in the state but failed to deliver on their promises. “Whether it’s doctors, teachers or businessmen, all sectors of the state are protesting against its bad policies and working. This liquor sale in a residential locality is a perfect example of how the AAP government and its officials work,” he alleged.