INDIAN MAN ARRESTED FOR FAKING GOV’T ORDER ALLOWING LIQUOR SHOPS TO OPEN AMID LOCKDOWN
By Siulan Law Mathews DipWSET
Source: Hyderabad City Police
Police of Hyderabad, capital city of the Central Indian State of Telangana, have arrested a male resident for creating a fake government order which stated that liquor shops are allowed to open from last Sunday despite of the national lockdown.
The fake government order, which was created in the name of Director of Prohibition and Excise department and carried forged signature, claimed that liquor shops in Telangana can open for 3.5 hours between 2 to 5:30pm.
It also said that excise constables would be posted at each shop to control crowds.
The fake order went viral on social media and consumers began gathering in front of liquor shops last Sunday.
Hyderabad Police Commissioner Anjani Kumar said: “When this fake order went viral, law and order problems were arose at various places.”
The Police Commissioner added that the male resident arrested would be produced before court for judicial remand.
According to local new media Telangana Today, some 2400 shops and over 700 bars in Telangana have been closed ever since India went into lockdown to contain the spread of coronavirus.
It said there were two instances of desperate liquor addicts making vain attempts to break into liquor shops in Hyderabad.
It also reported that one person who could not get liquor jumped from fourth floor of a building in Jubilee Hills area last Friday night.
Another man who left his house in search of liquor was reported to have been run over by an unidentified vehicle in Sangareddy district.
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