KEA Holds Demos Against Liquor Sale

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Police Monday foiled assembly gherao programme of Kashmir Economic Alliance and detained scores of protestors. They were demanding ban on the sale and trade of liquor in J&K.

Protestors led by KEA vice chairman Farooq Ahmad Dar assembled at Press Enclave here and raised anti-government slogans.

The protestors were holding banners and placards which read: “Ban liquor in J&K, close down the wine shops in state.”

Police swung into action and detained scores of them along with Dar as they tried to move towards to Residency Road to proceed for assembly gherao.

Earlier, talking to media persons, Dar said that liquor has been banned in various states including Kerala, Bihar and Gujarat “why state government of J&K is hesitating to ban it here.”

“The state of J&K is generating revenue of Rs 500 crore from the liquor while Bihar was generating Rs 6000 crore revenue from it. Still, the Bihar showed courage and banned it,” he said.

 

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