Bhilai, Sep 09: Residents and shopkeepers of Khursipar took out a rally protesting against the liquor shop on September 08. Led by Corporator Piyush Mishra, they demanded to relocate / shut down the liquor shop which is operational on Nandini Road. Hundreds of women and locals were present in the rally. They expressed ire by raising slogans to remove the liquor shop. They submitted a memorandum to the SHO of Chhawani Police Station and demanded the closure of this liquor shop as soon as possible.
Corporator Piyush Mishra said that on the demand of local residents and traders, a memorandum was submitted to Collector Pushpendra Meena on September 1, demanding relocation / shut down of liquor shop located on Nandini Road. After a week, the local people and traders took out a rally and reached the Chhawani Police Station to express their protest. They warned of an aggressive agitation if necessary action is not taken by the administration.
Corporator Piyush Mishra alleged that the liquor shop is being operated from a rented building of an influential person. For this reason only, the officials are ignoring the complaints of locals and traders. Due to this liquor shop, a child lost his life in the recent past. After this incident, the locals are demanding closure of this liquor shop but the administration is not taking any action.
Piyush further said that due to the gathering of addicts in the liquor shop, it has become difficult for the locals to live here. Often after consuming alcohol, they litter in front of their houses. There have been incidents of alcoholics abusing the locals for money. The women are unable to come out of their houses. In the same way, the local traders are also facing a lot of trouble. Their business has been badly affected and some of them are being indirectly pressurised to sell their shops.
He further said that all the affected people have pledged to struggle at every level to get the liquor shop removed from this Nandini Road. Corporator Girija Banchore, Veena Chandrakar, Bhola, Priyanka Sahu, Nohar Verma, Former Councilor Prakash Lahere, Akbar Ali Babbu and others were present in the demonstration.