New Delhi, July 9: While expressing grief over the death of 17 people due to consuming poisonous liquor in Azamgarh, Jamaat-e-Islami has demanded complete liquor ban to be imposed in the state by the Uttar Pradesh government.
Mohammad Salim Engineer, (Secretary General Jamaat-e-Islami Hind), pointed out that in the Directive Principles of the Indian Constitution prohibition in the country has been mentioned. But even after more than half a century of the implementation of the Constitution, most of the state governments are not paying any attention to fulfilling the promises of the Constitution in connection with alcohol prohibition.
Mohammad Salim Engineer said that in response to an RTI filed by Jamaat, Uttar Pradesh Irrigation Commissioner had reported on June 27 last month that 174 people have died in consuming poisonous liquor in the state during the last five years. The recent events of the deaths of 17 people in Azamgarh reflected the state’s unfortunate situation.
The Secretary General of Jamaat questioned state government that how much more deaths are required for the implementation of the complete liquor ban in the state and when will they fulfill the constitutional provisions in connection with buying and selling to alcohol. He said that the death of people due to liquor consumption causes extraordinary social harm and government must keep in mind the progress and welfare of people of its state and apply the full prohibition on liquor.