Mumbai, May 4: As the state entered into third phase of lockdown from Monday with certain relaxations, hundreds of people thronged outside closed wine shops on in Mumbai, Pune as well as other parts of Maharashtra to buy liquor, but in vain.
State Excise Commissioner Kantilal Umap, as well as several senior officials, clarified that permission for liquor sale was not yet granted. They urged people to stop crowding outside the shops and follow the lockdown norms. Prasad Shetty, a liquor wholesaler here, said, "I am not taking risk until the government gives it specific nod." In adjoining Thane district, the owners of three wine shops informed that the government is still working on details as to where the liquor shops will be eligible. In south Mumbai, the police had to intervene to disperse people gathered outside liquor shops.
Similar queues were witnessed in Thane, Nagpur, Nashik, Ratnagiri and several other towns. The fracas put the police in a tizzy as they grappled to maintain social distancing among the crowd and making them understand that permission of liquor sale is not granted yet. (UNI)