Banaskantha: The Botad Latthakand of 2022 brought sorrow and tragedy for the people of Gujarat as more than 47 died after drinking spurious liquor. However, it has also brought other repercussions like resentment, outrage and tensions between people and government officials. Women from Shivnagar, Banaskantha, stood in front of the Tharad Police Station and raised slogans in favour of the prohibition of alcohol. They carried ‘suhaag thalis,’ steel dishes with makeup items, generally used by married women. Moreover, they protested outside the police station for two hours.
Many women in the villages of Banaskantha and Botad became widows at a young age as they lost their husbands to spurious liquor. Thus, women of Tharad taluka marched to the police station with plates full of red bangles, a symbol of married women. They demanded the closure of illicit liquor shops. Later, they submitted a petition to ASP Pooja Yadav to ban alcohol stores.
Earlier, women from Rojid village, who lost their sons and husbands, expressed their concern about the sale of alcohol in their area. They told Team Vo! about the 24/7 availability of ‘desi daaru’ in their locality. The distressed women also mentioned that despite constant complaints from the Sarpanch, cops did nothing about the not-so-prohibited liquor situation.
Despite the Hooch tragedy, sources reported the sale of liquor did not plunge. Many political leaders have expressed their opinions on the situation. Meanwhile, the Government of Gujarat appointed a special investigation team (SIT) of top officials to probe the matter.