Booze flows, and chaos follows | India News – Times of India

A flood of individuals after an extended dry spell. Queues, chaos and lathicharges marked Monday whilst some states reported a excessive in excise earnings as liquor retailers reopened.
In Mumbai, a 5-hour flip-flop throughout the forms over whether or not liquor retailers be allowed to open left individuals ready until 3pm, when the order lastly got here. However, many needed to return empty-handed as majority of house owners determined to open solely on Tuesday morning.
In locations like Solapur metropolis and Aurangabad, the district administrations didn’t permit liquor retailers to reopen in any respect.
Bengaluru noticed serpentine queues, and flouting of social distancing norms. Many employed individuals to face in for them. The metropolis additionally noticed a big quantity of girls standing in queues although many mentioned they felt uncomfortable with males round. Some complained about being jostled round and even jeered at by males in queues. A couple of liquor shops in Kaggadaspura, Whitefield and Electronics City, which noticed an inexpensive footfall of girls, determined to kind a separate queue for them.
Elated store-house owners went out of their method to welcome clients. In Kolar, in Karnataka, when 75-year-outdated Lakshmamma, a routine drinker, walked as much as a liquor store, the store proprietor needed her to be the primary buyer as her title meant “Lakshmi.” A video confirmed a store proprietor showering flower petals on clients In UP’s Mirzapur.
Social distancing went for a toss in Kolkata too, forcing cops to resort to gentle lathicharge at some locations.
In Vijayawada in Andhra Pradesh, individuals drew parallels with the frenzy seen following Cyclone Hudud in 2014. “I had seen long queues in front of liquor outlets a day after the cyclone. It was the same on Monday,” mentioned a Vijayawada resident.
In Rajasthan, chaotic scenes had been witnessed in entrance of most liquor retailers, forcing the excise division to order closure of retailers inside two hours of their opening. Authorities at the moment are planning to deploy excise police and introduce a token system.
Like Mumbai, individuals in Chandigarh too, needed to wait until midday as there have been no directions from the excise division.
Cities in Uttar Pradesh too noticed lengthy queues. Excise division officers mentioned a sale of over Rs 100 crore was recorded on Monday towards a mean every day sale of Rs 70-80 crore. State capital Lucknow witnessed a sale of Rs 6.three crore through the day, although the period of sale was 4 hours much less.
Reports from throughout the state prompt that many store house owners needed to shut by afternoon after they ran out of inventory.
In Raipur, as hundreds stood within the sweltering warmth to purchase their quota of booze, the federal government provided an answer — an app for dwelling supply, however solely in inexperienced zones.
Women in Mahasamund district of Chhattisgarh staged a protest towards the federal government’s transfer to open liquor retailers. They mentioned the liquor shutdown had introduced peace to households.
(With inputs from Mumbai, Bengaluru, Chandigarh, Lucknow, Kolkata, Jaipur, Vijayawada, Bhopal & Raipur)

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