VISAKHAPATNAM: Tension prevailed throughout Monday morning as a large number of agitators, mostly women’s organisations, staged protests in front of the venue where the lottery draw for liquor outlets was in process. Police, who were expecting the crowd, were prepared in advance and took the agitators into custody.
Raising slogans that they need water and not liquor, a large number of women from various organisations took part in the agitation.
The women alleged that that the CM is not concerned about them and that he had not kept his promise to put an end to liquor shops. By encouraging liquor sales, Naidu has betrayed them, members of IDWA said.
They also opined that the new liquor policy should not be implemented.
Agitations were staged for over three hours as the protestors in groups tried to intervene the draw system. Police had to finally intervene and arrest the agitators and shift them to the police station.
S Kanakamma, a member of IDWA said that the present condition of the State is sadly not ensuring any safety for women.
She further added that men are becoming alcoholics and are not at all bothered about their family members. College-going students are also getting attracted to liquor and becoming addicted.
She also alleged that it is shameful that the government is planning to sell liquor in malls, which are frequented by families.
Cops from the Airport area, Kancharapalem and Steel Plant police stations arrested the agitators.