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After a strict lockdown was imposed in Maharashtra amid rising COVID-19 cases on April 5, Nagpur District Collector Ravindra Thakare banned the sale of liquor – over the counter, online and home delivery – until further orders.
Thakare banned the sale of the same from 8 pm on Monday, April 5. No restaurant, bar, wine shops would be permitted to sell liquor in the district.
Rajeev Jaiswal, President of Nagpur District Permit Rooms (Bars) Association, told Nation Next, “Government had assured us that there wouldn’t be a complete closure of business. Suddenly, we wake up to this. People are unfortunately finding it difficult to cope. Sadly, some alcohol addicts, who aren’t able to consume alcohol resort to domestic violence, consume sanitisers.”
He added, “Also, the menace of fake, duplicate liquor in the market increases and people buy that alcohol in desperation. I have written a letter to the Principal Secretary to lift the ban vis-à-vis the same.”