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Fearing Excise raid, illicit bar in T’puram Press Club closed down

Fearing Excise raid, illicit bar in T’puram Press Club closed down

Thiruvananthapuram: The Press Club in the state capital has closed down its controversial bar, which has illegally been functioning in the entrails of the club for years.

Sources close to it say the move is after receiving secret information that the Excise officials are likely to conduct a raid in the bar.

The closure of the bar, however, is reported to be temporary and is likely to be opened after the Aruvikkara Assembly by-election.

Recently, a bar run illegally inside an elite club at Attingal in Thiruvananthapuram was unearthed by the Excise official during a raid. Two people were arrested and two senior Excise officials were suspended from the service in connection with the incident.

The bar in the Press Club in Thiruvananthapuram has been mired in controversy ever since the new liquor policy was introduced in the state.

The government allots permit room license and bar license to the club owners for a fee of Rs 15 lakh and Rs 23 lakh annually. But the bar has been operating without both the licenses. Despite the Ministers and the officials being well aware of the bar that have been functioning for years, no action had been taken in this regard.

It offers liquor for cheap rate attracting the journalists and have been named “Sanketham”.

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