Residents protest over liquor vend near school,religious places

The Ambedkar Nagar Welfare Society on Thursday lodged a protest against opening of a liquor vend next to a high school,a church and a temple in their area.

Written by Express News Service | Ludhiana | Published:April 20, 2012 1:29 am

The Ambedkar Nagar Welfare Society on Thursday lodged a protest against opening of a liquor vend next to a high school,a church and a temple in their area.

Surjit Singh,president of this society,said this was a violation of the Excise Act,which says a liquor vend cannot be opened within 50 square yards of a school and a religious place. “However in the present case,a school,church and a temple all are located nearby,and still the excise officials are not taking any action,” he added.

A high school run by Nishkam Sewa Ashram is located near the new liquor vend. The area residents said it would leave a bad impact on the students. And a liquor vend next to a religious place was not justified at all,they added.

The residents asked officials to shift the liquor vend. Otherwise,they threatened to stage protests not only in the area but outside the office of the Excise Department as well.

However,when contacted,Gurtej Singh,deputy excise and taxation officer,expressed ignorance about this complaint. “No one has come with such representations in my office so far. But still I will get the spot checked and will act accordingly,” he said.

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