Mobile liquor shop on tractor in Punjab to dodge Supreme Court ban (video)
A video going viral on messaging app WhatsApp and other social networking apps show a liquor shop set up on a tractor-trailer in order to go round the Supreme Court’s orders.
Earlier this year, the Supreme Court had banned liquor vending within 500m from highways, in order to curb rampant drunken driving in the country.
However, it appears as if the famed ‘jugaad’ or hack mentality of small-time Indian businessmen is going to win this round of tussle between law enforcement agencies and liquor vendors.
The mobile tractors allow them to set up shop anywhere and disappear equally fast if they find police approaching, virtually making it impossible to enforce the Supreme Court’s diktat.
Although the date and place of the video could not be ascertained, the trailer had the name of Shahpur – a town on the Punjab Haryana border, reports the Hindustan Times.
The owner spoke in Punjabi and at times, even appeared to ridicule the Supreme Court. For some convoluted reason, he chose to blame Punjab Finance Minister Manpreet Singh Badal for the ban.
The liquor vend even comes with a refrigerator to chill beer.
Social activist Harman Singh Sidhu, whose petition ultimately led to the ban, said that he was aware of these ‘thela’s and they were active even in 2013. They even seem to take pride in their alcohol being much cheaper than the legal ones available in Punjab.