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Rally against amendment of Mnp Liquor Prohibition Act

Correspondent IMPHAL, Jul 21 | Publish Date: 7/21/2018 11:55:15 PM IST
Protest against the proposed amendment of Manipur Liquor Prohibition Act is gaining momentum in the state with womenfolk leading from the forefront.
Police Saturday foiled a rally of womenfolk in Imphal even as sit-in-protests were staged at several parts of the state, particularly in Imphal and its outskirt.
The Manipur Liquor Prohibition (Second Amendment) Bill 2018 was introduced in the house of Manipur Assembly on Friday. The bill seeks amendment of the prohibition act to allow open sale of liquor and brewing of local liquor for exporting outside the state. 
Ahead of the proposed mass rally Saturday night called by Nupi Samaj, a rally was marched on the street along Tidim road in the afternoon.
The rally of womenfolk allegedly targeting chief minister’s bungalow was foiled by police at Keishampat junction.
Participants of the rally shouted slogans denouncing government move to amend the liquor prohibition act 
While denouncing the proposed amendment, womenfolk asked the government “to use its brain first and think about the raw materials from which it intends to brew alcohol before introducing the bill.”
Rice, the main raw material for brewing the alcohol, is the staple food of the people of the state and unable to meet by its own production, the state is importing rice from outside the state, they said.
So such an illogical bill should not be introduced, they said.
Meanwhile, president of Nupi Samaj, while calling for a mass rally across the state said that the rally was being organized with the aim of saving the youth and people of the state from effect of alcohol and as protest against the bill which is likely to pass by the state Assembly during the ongoing session on July 23.
If the bill is passed, the womenfolk will launch a series of intense agitation and the state government will have to bear the responsibility for any untoward incidents which might occur, she warned.

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