Thiruvananthapuram, February 4: Earlier Supreme Court directed to close all the liquor shops on national and state highways in order to curb the rates of deadly accidents. On this the liquor shops decided to relocate their outlets but students from Holy Angels Convent School protested against the directive led by SC.
The police had taken the Bevco workers into custody when they tried to open the outlet amidst the public protestStudents after knowing that there would be a new retail outlet of the state-owned Beverages Corporation Bevco near their school, they protested on the streets of Thiruvananthapuram. They said that "we won't allow this. We will protest against such a move.” After this the government on Friday decided not to open the beverages outlet on Nanthancode Nalanda road. The protest was called off instantly with clapping hands.
Also civilians have been protesting since Wednesday at more than two dozen Bevco outlets across the state. On Wednesday, a woman poured kerosene on herself before being stopped by the onlookers. They were seen protesting against the new outlet at Thoppumpady in Kochi. Locals and Congress activists managed to shut down the Bevco outlet relocated to Technopark Phase 3 from near Kazhakoottam police station along the National highway a week ago.
H.Veknatesh, Managaing Director of Bevco said that the Corporation has decided to move its affected outlets to new locations, abiding by all the requisite rules and regulations. We are only following guidelines, as per the law of the land. The police can look into everything.