Bhubaneswar: A group of women on Saturday
ransacked a newly opened state-owned liquor shop here, leading
to the arrest of three persons for operating the outlet in a
Accompanied by local youths, the women took this step
after being unable to convince the district administration of
Khurda against opening a liquor shop in the residential
colony, officials said.
The women barged into the shop at Kharvel Nagar area
and pulled down foreign liquor bottles and broke them in full
"What more can women do? We have appealed to the state
government and the excise department, but none paid any heed
to us," said Sujata Patnaik, a housewife.
Stating that they were facing a lot of problems due to
the liquor shop, the woman said that it also had bad impact on
children in the locality.
After the ransack, police arrested three persons,
including the owner of the house where the liquor shop was
The other two are employees of the Alka Co-operative
Society, a government body which also runs liquor shops.
State excise superintendent Sudarshan Nayak said he
was not aware of the opening of an IMFL (India Made Foreign
Liquor) shop in the residential colony.
"I will examine how the liquor shop was allowed in the
residential area and close to a temple and a school," he said.