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Women activists raze three illicit liquor dens, shut six shops

Jamshedpur, July 10: Concerned over rising cases of addiction, a group of about 25 women on Sunday razed three illicit liquor dens and forcibly closed over six other unauthorised liquor shops in the Sakchi, Sitaramdera and Sidhgora localities of the city.

The move of closing of the unauthorised liquor dens was stopped after police officials from Sakchi, Sitaramdera, Sidhgora police stations reached the spots and promised the activists against illicit liquor den operators action within a week.

The women activists started drive at Devnagar in Sidhgora police station area. Following which the women brigade were in a demolishing spree and targeted Bhuiyandih, Chhayanagar, Kalyannagar all in Sitaramdera and subsequently went over a section Bagan area falling under the Sakchi police station area.

While targeting an unauthorised liquor shop, the women were throwing away the stock of liquor and kicking shelves containing bottles, glass and snacks.  As the women continued their drive, several youths also came forward and extended a helping hand in closing the shop.

Led by Puja Singh, Congress Mahila Morcha’s district unit secretary, the women who had participated in the action against the illicit liquor dealers was also contacted the local women, mostly housewives in their drive against the illicit liquor sell.

” Our society is reeling due to addiction among young men. We had to take initiative against illicit liquor sellers as police are doing nothing to curb the sale of liquor unauthorized way. 

We do not know why such ongoing illegal activity in the urban slums in the city going unnoticed  by the police, but we are concerned about the menace as the sale of illicit liquor is not only causing serious health problems to a large number of people,” said Singh.

Officer-in-charge, Sitaramdera thana, Rajiv Ranjan Lal said that a group of women had taken initiative against consumption of illicit liquor and had also razed several illicit liquor dens at Chhayanagar, Kalyan Nagar and Bhuiyand in Sitaramdera.

The officer-in-charge pointed out that as it was a good step they have promised the women activists that a similar rally will be taken out in Sitaramdera and adjoining police station area against the consumption of liquor. 

At Jamshedpur there are 98 Indian Make Foreign Liquor (IMFL) licensed shops, 51 country-made liqour shop and 15 spicy liquor shops.

Notably, the steel city has a history of manufacturing of duplicate liquor as the district police had in the past busted several rackets of duplicate liquor manufacturing units, especially from the localities like Bagbera, Jugsalai and Kadma.

Country-made liquor is being manufactured in large quantity at Baghbera, Matladih, Birsanagar, Govindpur, all in the city suburban.   Another official noted that illicit liquor is a hugely profitable industry where bootleggers pay no taxes and sell enormous quantities of their product.

He said that there is a need to restrict extensive abuse of the intoxicant in order to reduce untoward incidents in the society. He also sought cooperation from all sections of the society in the efforts to reduce and restrict abuse of liquor.

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