Protesting against the re-opening of the state-run TASMAC liquor shop, as many as 200 local residents of a nearby village in Tirupur district in Tamil Nadu went on an indefinite hunger strike. The liquor shop, as per reports, was closed two months ago. The protest had intensified and it was alleged that the Additional Deputy Superintendent of Police Pandiarajan had allegedly slapped a woman and pushed two others, asking them to move away from the road. According to a PTI report, as soon as the incident of assault on a woman during the police crackdown caught the headlines, state government ordered the closure of the liquor shop.
However, the PTI report now states that the district administration has re-opened the shop which has once again resulted in resentment among people. Villagers have now decided to sit on a fast if the liquor shop is not shut permanently. About 200 persons, including a few women, today began their indefinite fast pressing for three demands including closure of the shop and stringent action against ADSP Pandiarajan and cancellaton of his promotion as SP immediately, informed the police.
During the first round of protest in April, a section of the agitators allegedly hurled stones at police, who resorted to lathicharge to disperse them. Police had said that three persons were injured in the melee with one of them being hospitalised. The entire issue was then raised in the Madras High Court by way of two petitions seeking action against the ADSP.
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When the petitions came up for hearing after a special mention before a bench of Chief Justice Indira Banerjee and Justice M Sundar, state Advocate General R Muthukumaraswamy submitted that action was being initiated against the erring police official and an inquiry had been ordered, said PTI.