In Tripura liquor stores and bars will remain closed for Durga puja, Diwali

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Agartala: All liquor stores will remain closed in Tripura on the occasion of Durga puja and Diwali “to ensure peace in the state”, officials said on Friday.

Up to 2,506 community Durga pujas are held across the North Eastern state, 436 just in areas regulated by Agartala Municipal Corporation (AMC).

Officials said the directive this year will be strictly enforced across the state, with no breaks allowed for any alcohol seller or buyer.

“All foreign liquor stores, domestic liquor outlets and bars will remain closed from October 2-5 and October 24 to ensure public peace and maintain public order,” it said on Friday. Deputy Inspector General (AIG) Jyotishman Das Chowdhury.

A notification to that effect has been issued in eight districts across the state, he said.

Any violation of the guideline will invite stern action, Chowdhury said.

Adequate security arrangements have been made to prevent untoward incidents anywhere in the state, the AIG said.

Police have already stepped up anti-narcotics campaigns across Tripura, he said.

“Over 2,500 security personnel including those from Tripura State Rifles (TSR) will be deployed to oversee the celebrations. Apart from this, adequate number of CCTV will also be installed at strategic locations for surveillance,” said AIG, adding that BSF authorities have also been alerted as undercover bids may increase in number amid such festivities.

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