Close on the heels of the protest by residents of Gollar colony opposing a liquor shop being set up near the colony, residents of Maratha colony on Monday staged a protest against Department of Excise officials for allegedly permitting the opening of a liquor shop near the old APMC yard in violation of norms.

The protesters alleged that permission had been given to open the shop despite opposition by the residents. The building in which the liquor shop was proposed to be set up was just 40 metres away from the Sherukawali Dargah Masjid and the first floor of the building housed an educational training centre. Opening a liquor shop in the area would create problems, both for devotees and students, they claimed.

‘No response’

The residents said they had submitted a memorandum on October 19 to Superintendent of the Excise Department V.S. Rane seeking a cancellation of the licence issued to open the liquor shop. However, the department had maintained silence on the issue, they alleged.

Following the protest, other liquor shops in the area downed shutters for some time. The protest also affected movement of traffic.

The residents called off the protest after Circle Inspector Murugesh Channannavar visited the spot and assured the residents that at present the owner would not be allowed to open the liquor shop.

The residents have warned of intensifying their agitation, if their demand is not met.


  • ‘The building in which the liquor shop is proposed to be set up houses an educational training centre’

  • ‘It is also just 40 metres away from the Sherukawali Dargah Masjid’


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