MADURAI/TENKASI/TIRUCHY/ COIMBATORE/THOOTHUKUDI: As the state got into the mood to elect its representatives in the city local body elections, long queues and violation of social distancing norms were observed as hundreds thronged a TASMAC store in Tirupparankundram in Madurai. The outlet was open as the area falls under rural jurisdiction. The sale of alcohol was banned from February 17 to 19 and February 22, taking into account the municipal elections.
While many gathered at TASMAC store number 5410 in Tirupparankundram, Austinpatti police rushed to the scene to control the crowd. Speaking to TNIE, Shyam Sundar, district manager of TASMAC for the combined districts of Tirunelveli and Tenkasi, said that 31 out of 166 liquor stores were operating in the two districts on Saturday.
A winding queue was seen at a TASMAC liquor outlet in Mullupadi near Kinathukkadavu. Like Mullupadi, 14 other liquor outlets in Coimbatore remained open. Sources said the liquor store in Kootampuli experienced a heavy rush. Thoothukudi police seized 1,000 bottles of liquor from a hotel near the vegetable market roundabout as they were selling it on the “black”.