Kendrapara, May 10 (LocalWire): The closure of liquor shops due to lockdown has led to robberies in liquor shops in the district.
An Indian Made Foreign Liquor (IMFL) shop at Angalei was targeted by some unidentified miscreants on Saturday night, and liquor bottles worth lakhs were stolen.
On Thursday, another liquor shop at Rajnagar was looted.
Many drunkards are in deep trouble as liquor shops have not opened since March 22, the day when the lockdown was announced in the state.
As a result, some have resorted to stealing it from the liquor shops.
“There has been a sudden spurt in the number of cases of alcohol withdrawal symptoms in view of the closure of liquor shops and bars,” admitted a doctor at the district headquarters hospital at Kendrapara.
There has also been a rise in the illegal liquor trade. Police on Saturday arrested one Adikanda Behera of Ichapur, after he was found to be in possession of 22 liquor bottles.
There has also been a sudden rise in the sale of date palm juice, locally called Tadi.
“The police have turned a blind eye to the illicit liquor trade going on,” said Amarbara Biswal a social worker from Kendrapara.
“Recently, the Delhi government imposed a 70% ‘Special Corona Fee’ on liquor to boost government revenue. The Odisha government must also impose a heavy tax on liquor to earn more money,” said a liquor shop owner in Kendrapara.