Angry villagers oppose reopening of wine shop in Rammanahalli; workers shut shop

Mysuru, February 14:- A wine shop which was reopened on Thursday despite opposition by the residents of Rammanahalli village in Mysuru was closed again on Friday. The people have taken a firm decision to maintain a alcohol-free village.

The villagers had got the wine shop closed few days ago, but the owner of the liquor shop with the help of police managed to reopen the shop on Friday. The angry villagers again staged protest and got the wine shop closed down.

Ugra Narasimha wine shop has been operating in the village since 10 years. A majority of the men were allegedly addicted to alcohol. The village folk alleged that many families were on streets due to rampant consumption of liquor from the wine shop. They also alleged that the wine shop was selling sub-standard alcohol and as a result many people fell ill. Women alleged that the wine shop was the reason behind families coming to streets.

The protesters alleged that drunkards misbehaved with the women every day near the wine shop as it is located on the main road. They said that the wine shop has been throwing wastes around the village causing health issues.

Mysuru South Police and Excise Department officials intervened to calm down the agitating villagers, but the residents said that they won’t let the wine shop to be open in the village. Sensing trouble, the workers voluntarily locked the wine shop.

Residents have warned that if anyone is found consuming alcohol in the village, they would be fined. (KS, NGB)

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