Meghalaya: Protests held in Ri-Bhoi over opening of wine shop



The local people of several villages in Ri-Bhoi district on Wednesday gathered to protest the newly opened wine shop which it alleged that the owner of the wine store has failed to respect the opposition on the erection of the same by the Dorbar Shnong.

According to sources, the wine shop was constructed close along the National Highway-6 near Umrangksai village and Lumbyrhing village and owned by one Cornelius Kharhunai.

However, it was informed that after possessing all the legal processes from the traditional heads and government, the wine shop was opened on Wednesday.

As claimed by the Dorbar Shnong of Lumbyrhing, Nongkhrah and Umrangksai village, the location in which the wine shop was constructed is just close to the villages in Umrangksai and Lumbyrhing, but the Raid Nongkhrah and Dorbar Shnong of Pahammardoloi village issued the NOC which is not accepted by the local people of the area as the Pahammardoloi village had falsely claimed the location in which the wine shop was constructed is still under its jurisdiction.

It may be noted that because of a large gathering of people protesting, police and CRPF personnel were deployed to maintain the law and order situations.

The village leaders of Nongkhrah, Umrangksai, Lumbyrhing village, including women bodies, have expressed their deep concern on the opening of such wine store as it encourages youths to fall under bad vices.

(Edited by Christopher Gatphoh)

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