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Congress MLA quits over inaction on liquor mafia

Bhopal, March 29 (IANS) A Congress legislator in Madhya Pradesh has submitted his resignation to Chief Minister Kamal Nath over inaction on liquor mafia, alleging the administration is “protecting” them.

Panchi Lal Meda, who represents Dharampuri constituency of Dhar district, told reporters on Friday that a lot of liquor shops are doing business along the bank of the Narmada river, and near educational institutes.

Meda said he demanded the closure of the liquor shops in his area.

“I have been continuously demanding the closure of these shops. But the excise department, district administration and police are patronizing the liquor contractors,” he said.

The Congress leader alleged that he was being “insulted” on the directions of liquor contractors. Some women were also provoked and made to talk to him in indecent language on phone.

“When I went to the police station to report this, I was surrounded by one contractor and some women. The Superintendent of Police, on being informed, told me to leave from the back door,” he said.

Meda alleged that he was “humiliated” by the police and “made to sit for four hours” when he went to the police station.

He said he is “pained to see that the liquor mafias are receiving patronage even as the Congress is in power in Madhya Pradesh”.

–IANS

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