Srinagar: Scores of Dalgate residents today staged a protest demonstration against sale of liquor on Boulevard Road and demanded closure of the booze outlet.
According to news agency GNS, scores of residents from Ghat Number 5 of Dal took out a peaceful protest against the presence of liquor shop in Hotel Heemal. The protesters who were carrying placards demanded that the liquor outlet should be closed permanently and asked government to impose a blanket ban on booze in Muslims majority Jammu and Kashmir.
“If governments in Bihar and other states can ban liquor why can’t our government do same in Jammu and Kashmir? We are a Muslim majority state and besides that the liquor is also disliked by other religions because it leads to immorality. The liquor shop at Heemal Hotel should be shut permanently,” a protester told GNS. While protesters were marching peacefully, a contingent of police arrived on the spot and urged the protesters to disperse.
Later, a group of protesters met police in concerned police station and urged them to take action against the liquor outlet at Heemal. “However, the concerned SHO told us that he cannot do anything because the outlet owner has license issued by the Government,” said one of the meeting participants. They however reiterated their demand of ban of sale and consumption of liquor in J&K. (GNS)