Protests break out across Tamil Nadu against opening of liquor shops, 2 Congress leaders booked

Protests against the reopening of liquor shops in Tamil Nadu have been witnessed in every part of the state.

Many people including two Congress leaders were booked by police for protesting during the lockdown which was imposed to contain the spread of Covid-19.

In Ranipet district, people threatened self immolation if the TASMAC (Tamil Nadu State Marketing Corporation) shops in the region were to be reopened.

Protesters, which mainly included women and men in their early 20s, demanded the closure of Tasmac shops.

While schools and many job sectors are closed, how the government decided to reopen liquor shops was the main question raised by the protesters.

The protesters broke social distancing arrangements made by police officials. They removed the barricades and sat on a dharna outside a Tasmac outlet. As many as 300 protesters were sitting on a dharna. Officials who reached the spot tried pacifying the people.

The outlet manager had said that in a single day, liquor worth Rs 7 lakh was sold.

Meanwhile, Kanyakumari MLA Prince along with Congress workers went on a protest march towards a Tasmac shop in the district. The protesters were stopped by the police midway.

The protesters then raised slogans against the state government for deciding on opening Tasmac shops during the coronavirus pandemic.

Tamil Nadu is one of the worst affected states in India and at a time when most precautions have to be taken, opening of Tasmac can cause trouble. This was the objection of the protesters.

They also said that reopening of Tasmac shops will cause a lot of fights in households as well.

Police officials have booked a case against the Congress MLA and the other protesters for conducting a protest without permission during the lockdown.

In a similar incident, Virudhunagar Congress MP B Manickavasagar Tagore and Congress members who protested outside the party office were also booked by police.

The FIR filed stated that the case was registered for protesting “without any permission, and for unlawfully assembling and raising slogans to condemn the state government for reopening Tasmac.”

“They caused to spread Covid-19 and violated the central and state government curfew orders under section 144,” the FIR further said.

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