Bhubaneswar: Liquor shops across the Capital city Monday witnessed heavy rush in view of the 14-day lockdown announced by the state government.
Denizens including women were seen standing in long queues before the liquor shops in the Capital city.
Speaking to Orissa POST, an employee of a liquor shop at Patia revealed that the shop recorded brisk business due to huge footfall of customers Monday. He, however, denied selling more than two bottles per customer.
Customers at another liquor shop at CRP square were seen carrying huge quantities of liquor bottles in large plastic bags. Madhusudan Jena, one of the customers, who works for a contractor was spotted carrying liquor worth around Rs 15,000. Jena said that he has been keeping the stock for 14 days as the officials including site engineers working at the construction site will demand this every alternate day.
Meanwhile, sources also revealed that many are buying liquor in bulk with a view to selling it in black market at a higher price during the lockdown.
It was observed that distancing norms were not followed at a liquor shop in Patia even though police were present over there.