Shubham Jaiswal (firstname.lastname@example.org)
As liquor stores opened across several parts of India with the easing of lockdown restrictions in the third phase, booze lovers ushered in the resumption of liquor sales in a spirited fashion in Karnataka today. At some places people queued outside liquor stores from 3 am while at others tipplers performed prayers with flowers and even, ‘aarti.’
Liquor outlets had been shut in the state from March 25 following the lockdown due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Even before the shutters went up, people thronged stores at several places and made no secret of their celebratory mood.
At some places, they flocked liquor shops even before day-break and performed “special prayers” with flowers, coconuts, incense sticks, camphor and crackers in front of the stores.
At many places, they came with umbrella, raincoat, newspapers and books and queue up as early as 3 am.