Noida: While the district administration of Gautam Budh Nagar had ordered the closure of liquor shops on Wednesday, they remained open in violence-hit Delhi.
The liquor shops in the border areas of Delhi like Ashok Nagar, Kondili and Seemapuri, which were functional on Wednesday, attracted huge crowds since morning. Not only private beer and wine shops, but even shops of the Delhi Tourism and Development Department were also open.
Talking to CitySpidey, Pawan Yadav, Federation of Noida Resident Welfare Association (FONRWA) secretary said the liquor shops in Delhi should also have been closed. But they remained open and accessible.
He regretted that while the Gautam Budh Nagar administration took the precautionary step in deference to the sentiments in the National Capital, the Delhi government did not follow suit.
As per the instructions from the administration here all liquor shops in Sector 20, 24 and 39 of Gautam Budh Nagar and along the three-km border of Delhi were asked to remain shut in the wake of the violence in the northeastern parts of Delhi.
An agitated Noida resident lamented that the Arvind Kejriwal led AAP government in Delhi did nothing to stop the flow of liquor for the sake of people who voted it to power. Closure of liquor shops apart from sending a positive message could have helped in controlling the law and order situation.
Another Noida resident asked who would have been responsible if intoxicated men had resurfaced to indulge in violence.
Till 11 am today (Thursday), 34 people lost their lives in the violence while 200 others were injured.