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Cabinet decided on liquor policy: Vakkom

By Our Staff Reporter

KOZHIKODE, OCT. 18. The Excise Minister, Vakkom Purushothaman, has said that the liquor policy has not been framed by him alone. "I have no role in it. The sub-committee of the Cabinet took the decision and it has been made transparent. It will make the Excise Department corruption-free,'' he said.

Mr. Purushothaman was talking to reporters at the Kozhikode Guest House here today. He said that critics of the new policy had not cited any valid reason for their opposition. "I have not said anywhere that the policy will not be reviewed,'' he said in reply to a query.

Black flags

Earlier in the morning, activists of the Madhya Varjana Samithy waved black flags at Mr. Purushothaman at the District Collectorate here to mark their protest against the liquor policy.

The police had to resort to a mild lathicharge to disperse the mob led by the samithy State convener, K.V. Bharathan. Seventeen activists were taken into custody and cases registered against them at the Nadakkavu police station here.

Mr. Purushothaman had come to the Collectorate to take part in a discussion with district-level officials on taxes. As soon as he arrived, two groups of activists who had positioned themselves on the ground floor and the first floor regrouped and rushed towards him waving black flags and shouting slogans against the liquor policy.

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