Mahila Satta resort to agitation for closure of liquor shops

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Hyderabad, Jan 11 (UNI) Mahila Satta, the women-wing of Lok Satta Party today resorted to agitation at the Excise Commissioner's office, demanding closure of liquor shops in highways and unauthorised belt shops in remote areas of the city.

Talking to newspersons here, D Saroja, Mahila Satta Secretary said the Chief Minister Y S Rajasekhara Reddy had assured them on October 5, 2007 that necesssary steps would be taken for the closure of belt shops.

Ms Saroja alleged that despite their pleas, Dr Reddy had not initiated any action to close the shops. Instead, the Chief Minister had set a target of Rs 600 crore for liquor sales during the Pongal season, she added.

She said Mahila Satta volunteers in a recent survey had identified 70 liquor shops in the highways. By encouraging people driving in the highways to drink, the Government was contributing to the growing number of road accidents, she alleged.

They later submitted a memorandam to Excise Commissioner Hiralal Samaria and Transport Commissioner Poonam Malkondiah with a copy to Governor N D Tiwari.

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