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Several rushed to buy alcohol in India as lockdown eases, causing chaos


Muhammad UsmanMultimedia Journalist

05th May, 2020. 03:33 pm
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Several rushed to buy alcohol in India as lockdown eases, causing chaos

Thirty Indians were beaten by the police and it used batons as Indians tried to purchase alcohol for the first time in 40 days after government lifts heavy lockdown restrictions.

Asit Banarjee, 55, told the international news agency, “We have been in solitude for over a month,” He queued in Kolkata where police used batons.

He said, “Alcohol will energize us to maintain social-distancing during the pandemic,”

Note that there are 46,476 confirmed cases of coronavirus in India. Out of these, 12,849 have recovered whereas 1,571 have died. Active cases are 32,056.

The government has eased some lockdown restrictions in the country.

on the other hand, police in Ghaziabad closed down shops as people were standing in long queues when the shops were open. a police officer in Ghaziabad said, “One of the shops had opened in the morning but clashes broke out as a lot of crowds had gathered,”

“It’s not like I have anything to do at home,” Deepak Kumar, 30, told the international news agency as he waited across the street from one outlet in New Delhi.

However, Sagar, 25, managed to purchase some alcohol. He said that he went to the store in Delhi at 7: 40 a.m. local time.

He said, “There were about 20 to 25 people in the morning and the shop was open for about two hours,”

“People in rows of five were being allowed in. Now they’ve shut it.”

Alcohol consumption has increased in recent years in India. 

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