Villagers ransack liquor shop, destroy stock in Jammu

Jammu, May 29 (KMS): In Indian illegally occupied Jammu and Kashmir, a mob of villagers angry over the opening of a liquor shop close to a temple, a mosque and a school, ransacked the outlet and destroyed stock in Jammu today.

According to Kashmir Media Service, the villagers also roughed up the owner of the liquor shop in the Khari panchayat in Bishnah area, who had to be rescued by police.

“We have been demanding the closure of the shop since its opening some time back but the Government failed to take action on our repeated requests,” a local sarpanch R K Sharma said.

He said the wine shop was set up in an area surrounded by a temple, a mosque and a school. “We do not need wine shops and our protest is against the Government which has turned the city of temples into a city of wine shops,” he said.

A resident said that the protest was jointly organized by the Panchayat Union of Bishnah belt and we have resolved that we will not allow opening of wine shops in any village.

“This belt is home to poor farmers and those earning their livelihood through manual work. We will not allow wine shops here,” he said.

A case under relevant Sections has been registered at Police Station Bishnah and investigation started.