Ban on liquor to continue till midnight today

The ban on sale of liquor will continue till Thursday midnight in view of the Lok Sabha elections. Though the Election Commission had announced that the sale of liquor can resume after 6 pm on Thursday, once the polling ends, the City police have decided to extend the ban till midnight.

A senior police official said that such a decision was taken to prevent post-poll violence. The police have prohibited sale, consumption, procurement and storage of liquor, wine, arrack or any other intoxicant in any wholesale and retail outlets. 

The police have made elaborate security arrangements to ensure smooth conduct of the general elections. The police have prohibited carrying of any type of the fire arms and deadly weapons, such as cudgels, swords, bludgeons, guns, knives, sticks or lathis or any other articles which are capable of being used for causing physical violence in public places.

 As many as 11,236 civil police personnel and 1000 civil defence wardens, 153 police inspector and ACP mobiles and 24 senior officer mobiles and more than 75 platoons of striking party (central force) have been pressed into service. 

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