COPS TURN BLIND EYE TO beer shops-cum-open drink­ing dens in city

The Free Press Journal - - STATE - SURESH GOLANI

If you find per­mit rooms, bars and pubs too costly, then the Mira Bhayan­dar re­gion has an af­ford­able op­tion for you in the form of Beer Shops.

Cock­ing a snook at the cus­to­di­ans of law, a sec­tion of no­to­ri­ous beer shop own­ers have con­ve­niently transformed their re­tail dis­pens­ing out­lets into mini bars by al­low­ing tip­plers to uti­lize their premises for the con­sump­tion of spir­its.

Fur­ther, var­i­ous stalls and eater­ies of­fer­ing snacks are set up right next to the beer shop, where its clien­tele in­dulges in food and drinks in the open.

While scores of beer shops have mush­roomed in each nook and cranny of the twin- city, es­pe­cially those lo­cated in close prox­im­ity to call cen­ters, rail­way sta­tions, mar­kets, shop­ping malls and cin­ema halls have earned no­to­ri­ety for such il­le­gal ac­tiv­i­ties. Apart from drunken brawls be­ing a reg­u­lar af­fair pedes­tri­ans es­pe­cially women com­pelled to face the men­ace of guz­zlers, mi­nors are also be­ing served with the alcoholic drinks.

In most of the cases, the names of the in­flu­en­tial own­ers’ of such shops prove suf­fi­cient to com­pel res­i­dents of those ar­eas to re­main mute spec­ta­tors.

How­ever all these il­le­gal ac­tiv­i­ties have mys­te­ri­ously re­mained ‘in­vis­i­ble’ to the of­fi­cials of dis­trict ad­min­is­tra­tion and the lo­cal police. As per the ex­cise wing there are 55 reg­is­tered beer shops in the twin-city.

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