Madhya Pradesh: Anti-liquor campaign led by women turns violent; vehicles, shops torched

The anti-liquor campaign in Madhya Pradesh is taking a violent turn with protesters torching vehicles and liquor shops. In a span of 24 hours, two separate incidents of violence by anti-liquor squads were reported in Burhanpur and Raisen districts.

Led mostly by women, people in various parts of the state have been protesting against liquor shops and demanding a total prohibition in Madhya Pradesh. Following the Supreme Court’s order banning sale of liquor near highways and the Madhya Pradesh government’s own ban on liquor shops within 500 metres of Narmada, several liquor shops now have to be relocated.

Since the SC order, anti-liquor protesters have taken to the streets to ensure liquor shops do not relocate to residential areas

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