Kendrapara, Jan 3 (LocalWire) Large number of women blocked the road by burning tyres and palm leaves at Biribandha village under Mahala Hat police outpost, 30 kilometers from here, on Thursday demanding immediate closure of foreign liquor shop.
The spontaneous movement, which took place in the village, was aimed at preventing men and children from getting addicted to alcohol, which, women said, led to wastage of a large chunk of their earnings.
The protesters blocked the road for three hours, hitting traffic movement.
“It is definitely a positive movement against liquor addiction, which has eaten into the family resources of poor villagers,” said villager Sasmita Biswal .
“Earlier, we demanded before the collector not to open any liquor shop in the village. But the authority, two years back, opened one in our village,” she said.
Woman activist Ashalata Biswal said: “Many youth have already become hardcore addicts and wasting substantial part of their earnings on liquor, resulting in the suffering and deprivation of the whole family.”
“We had earlier submitted memorandums to the district collector, district superintendent of police and excise officials not to open a liquor shop in village. But the authorities did not pay any heed to our pleas,” said another villager Pratima Biswal.
Large numbers of villagers, including many students, supported their agitation against the liquor shop.
Women activists, including members of Self Help Groups (SHGs), criticized the decision of the government to open liquor shops in villages.
“The government’s decision to open more liquor shops will ruin many families. We recently chalked out plans to forcefully close liquor shops in rural areas,” said activist Mamata Mallick.
Unchecked flow of liquors and narcotics have started wrecking havoc on people of rural and urban areas of the district.
Villagers alleged anti-social activities has gone up in rural areas after opening of the liquor shop.
“Drunkards and drug-addicts have been harassing common people in night and creating nuisance. Police in many areas seem to have turned a blind eye to this illicit trade, as in ,many places liquor is sold not far off from the police station,” said Mallick. .
Mahala Hat police outpost officer Gouranga Charana Biswal said: “Some women tried to damage the licensed foreign liquor shop. But we prevented them to enter the shop. Police have been deployed at the village to check law and order situation.”