Rising Kashmir NewsSrinagar:
Residents of Srinagar’s Dalgate area staged a protest demonstration on Boulevard—on the banks of famed Dal Lake—here on Friday against presence of liquor shops in their neighbourhood.
The protesting residents demanded immediate removal of the shops.
Soon after they attended Friday congregational prayers, the people came on roads to express their protest against the liquor shops.
Questioning the Jammu and Kashmir government’s intention in not acting against the liquor shops, the protesters cited examples of the Hindu-majority states of Bihar and Gujarat.
“If they can impose a blanket ban on the liquor trade, what’s the problem with the Excise Department of the Jammu and Kashmir government in banning the trade in this Muslim-majority state,” one of the protesters said.
“Kashmir is the land of saints and shrines where liquor trade should be banned. The liquor business is affecting the society and there is a need to close down all the liquor bars in Srinagar,” another protester said.
A police team, which reached the spot, assured the protestors that they would raise the issue with higher authorities.
Inputs by CNS