Ahmedabad: After a protest at Gomtipur on Wednesday night, and another at Vadaj on Thursday afternoon, Vadgam MLA Jignesh Mevani met with the Ahmedabad City Police Commissioner AK Singh on Thursday evening, to demand that the police shut down the illegal sale of liquor in the city immediately.

Mevani said that he would hold further protests if liquor sales were not curbed in the next 24 hours, and urged his supporters to take to the streets and disrupt traffic if he were to be detained by the police.  

In response, Police Commissioner AK Singh said, “We have been working hard to enforce prohibition in the city. We take all complaints seriously, but Mevani’s claims are baseless. We have checked out all the places he complained about, and recovered a very small amount of liquor.  We are well on our way to ensuring there is no liquor den left in the city.”

Mevani’s hard stand on alcohol comes after women in Gomtipur requested that he take action against liquor dens in the area, which have negatively affected their social and economic lives.

On Wednesday night, Mevani and about 2,000 supporters staged a dharna at the Gomtipur police station demanding an immediate ban on the sale of liquor in the area. In Vadaj, the activist turned politician spoke of how liquor dens have had a negative impact on marriage prospects of youth in the area.

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