Parents and guardians of students at a government girls' senior secondary school in Barmer have threatened to pull out their wards if the authorities don't shut a liquor shop located near the school.
According to a report in the Hindustan Times, during a meeting of the school development management committee, parents gave school officials until 4 May to have the liquor shop shut, failing which they would take their daughters out of the school.
The shop has been temporarily closed on the orders of Sudheer Sharma, District Collector of Barmer, after some local residents sat on an indefinite protest in front of it. Some protesters also tried to vandalise the shop but were prevented from doing so by the police.
A delegation of protesters also met Rajasthan Chief Minister, Vasundhara Raje, who apparently assured them that she would ask the authorities to remove the liquor shop. However, District Collector Sharma said that no such instructions had been received.
Meanwhile, excise department officials have confirmed that all norms required for setting up a liquor shop had been met.
According to the law, no shop selling liquor or tobacco products can operate within 100 metres of an educational institution.
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