Lucknow: While liquor ban could be the buzzword elsewhere, shops selling alcohol are being extended protection by the Yogi Adityanath government from vandals.
Uttar Pradesh police have launched a massive crackdown against those targeting liquor shops across the state.
Orders were given for the formation of flying squad to control attacks on liquor shops to all police station. The police have been asked to maintain vigil on all the liquor shops in the area.
Uttar Pradesh DGP Javeed Ahmed has ordered strict action against the trouble-makers and all district SSPs and senior officials have been asked to take stringent action against those found guilty of vandalism.
Maximum instances of attacks were reported from Bareilly where 22 shops were reportedly targeted. Police have named 123 people in the FIR there and arrested 11 of them.
In other incidents of attacks on liquor shops, 17 shops were vandalised in Agra, 16 in Lucknow and 15 in Varanasi.
In a swift crackdown the UP police have registered 93 cases in connection with 94 cases of vandalism reported from across the state in the last couple of days.
Over 676 people have been named in the FIRs and over 112 persons have been taken into custody.
Orders have been issued to ensure that the relocation of the shops affected by the Supreme Court order warranting shifting liquor shops at least 500 meters away from schools, colleges, places of worship and residential areas.
Earlier, chief secretary Rahul Bhatnagar had already passed instructions for the formation of a committee comprising of SDM, circle officer and excise officer to help identify places where the liquor shops can be relocated.