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People ransack wineshop near Pollachi

Press Trust of India  |  Coimbatore 

A huge crowd ransacked a outlet near here today, in another instance of public anger against state run shops being relocated to residential areas following a supreme order to close

The TASMAC outlet was opened at Thipampatti in Pollachi yesterday, despite opposition from the public, particularly women, who had also submitted to the sub-collector and police.

Police said a large number of people went to the spot this afternoon, forced open the shutters by breaking the lock, went inside and threw out bottles.

Police personnel rushed to the spot, pacified the agitated crowd and assured them suitable action would be taken, following which the crowd dispersed.

However before doing so they told police that they would intensify their stir if attempts were made to open the shop again in the area.

Protests have been held in many areas in the state over relocation of shops to residential areas ever since the March 31 Supreme order, which ruled that liquor vends within 500 metres of national and state highways will have to shut down.

The had exempted the hill states of Sikkim, Meghalaya and Himachal Pradesh and areas having a population of up to 20,000.

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First Published: Sat, May 13 2017. 20:28 IST