Anti-liquor protests reach Bhubaneswar, agitators scuffle with police

Bhubaneswar: Members of the Milita Odisha Nisha Nibarana Abhiyan today staged road blockade and scuffled with police during a rally organised in Bhubaneswar demanding total prohibition in Odisha.

The protestors were on their way towards Naveen Nivas today when they were intercepted by police. A scuffle broke out when the police were taking the agitators into preventive custody. On the other hand, some of the members of the campaign staged a road blockade on the national highway at Satsang Vihar in Bhubaneswar today. The members lied down on the road causing disruption in vehicular movement.

“We have only one demand for Odisha CM Naveen Patnaik which is to declare Odisha as a liquor-free state,” one of the protestors said.

“The Naveen Patnaik-government is ruining the future of the State by allowing liquor sale. We demand a liquor-free state,” another protestor said.

Earlier yesterday, members of the campaign organised a rally from Bhubaneswar to Cuttack.