Belt shops: Telugu Mahila activists on warpath

Special Correspondent

ONGOLE: In a novel protest, Telugu Mahila activists went round government offices and implored the employees to donate Re. 1 each as a token of support to their agitation against unauthorised liquor outlets, popularly called belt shops, in the State.

Led by the TDP State committee convenor against belt shops, T. Aruna, the activists stormed the excise office in Prakasam Bhavan where officials were collecting tenders for liquor shops. They made it clear to the bidders that they would not allow belt shops to function in any of the villages . Ms. Aruna alleged that the excise officials were hand in glove with liquor shop owners in running of belt shops in their bid to meet targets given by the government for liquor sale.

She warned the bidders to keep their agitation against belt shops in view while bidding for the outlets.