Irate villagers set containers of liquor on hearth

HUBBALLI: Enraged by the authorities’ failure in curbing the , women and youths damaged a microvan which was carrying cartons of liquor and set on fire 30 boxes of liquor at in Dambal village, district, on Wednesday.
Protesters broke the window of the van as soon as it arrived in the area. They demanded the visit of Gadag deputy commissioner to the spot. The villagers said that they do not police to tackle illegal activities as they are capable of doing it on their own.

The protest was withdrawn after circle inspector assured of taking strict against officials who erred in curbing illegal sale of liquor.

Sumangala Siddannavar, one of the protesters, said that sale of illegal sale of liquor was going on in the village for the past 4 years. “We have been requesting police and excise officials to prevent this activity, but in vain,” she said.

Ashok Talageri, a youth, added that even high school students are getting addicted to liquor which is illegally made available without any fear of action. “Instead of taking action, the officials are accepting bribe from the sellers in broad daylight,” he alleged.

Bheemavva Doddamani said that the colony consists of labour class families. “With male members spending all their earnings on alcohol, their families are deprived of proper food and clothes. While drunkards are suffering from ailments, their family members are struggling hard to lead a normal life. Most of the women have already sold their ornaments due to the financial crisis,” she said.

said that the abusive behaviour by family affects kids’ studies. Social workers Laxman Doddamani warned of a bandh if the situation does not improve.

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