Grudging over growing alcoholism among local youths, a group of women attacked a liquor shop at Choudkulat in Kendrapara district, police said on Thursday.

The women picketed in front of the shop and attacked it before the police reached the area and controlled them yesterday.

“We have drawn the attention of the district administration and sought closure of the shop located close to schools and a temple. However, the officials did not take note of our grievances,” said a protesting woman Lovabati Mohanty.

Sub Divisional Police Officer, Rama Chandra Goud said the agitators tried to ransack the shop but the police stopped them in time.

“As the IMFL retail shop was an authorised unit, it is legally not possible to close the shop. The matter has been referred to the district Collector, ,” said Excise Inspector, Goutam Swain. PTI