A man tucks bottles of alcohol in his trousers in New Delhi | Photo: Manisha Mondal | ThePrint
A man tucks bottles of alcohol in his trousers in New Delhi (Representational image | Photo: Manisha Mondal | ThePrint
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New Delhi: It’s been three days since liquor shops opened in the capital and other parts of the country, though the number of Covid-19 cases across India and in Delhi continues to rise.

On all three days, booze shops have witnessed massive crowds, no social distancing, repeated warnings and even baton-charges by the police. But none of that has deterred liquor lovers from flocking to shops.

ThePrint has travelled to various parts Delhi to witness these scenes and capture them. Here are some snapshots of the last three days.


Also read: As throng of tipplers shuts down Delhi liquor shops, some wait on, others keep stopping by


Monday

Early Monday morning, there was chaos at liquor vends as they opened up for the first time since the lockdown began on 25 March. No one seemed to care about social distancing, and as a result, the Delhi government decided to shut them again.

A man looks at the alcohol shop in Karol Bagh that was shut after a few hours | Photo: Manisha Mondal | ThePrint
A man looks at a country liquor shop in Karol Bagh that shut down after a few hours | Photo: Manisha Mondal | ThePrint
Crowd gathered outside ‘Wine and Beer shop’ in Daryaganj in hope that the shop will reopen | Photo: Manisha Mondal | ThePrint
Crowds gather outside a wine and beer shop in Daryaganj in hope that it will reopen | Photo: Manisha Mondal | ThePrint
The police directed everyone to leave the premises in Vasant Vihar | Photo: Manisha Mondal | ThePrint
A policeman directs people to leave from a shop in Vasant Vihar | Photo: Manisha Mondal | ThePrint

That evening, the Delhi government announced an additional 70 per cent ‘corona tax’ on all varieties of liquor.

Tuesday

The second day saw liquor buyers waiting for hours for the shops to open, but they didn’t, because the revised rate card with the 70 per cent tax announced the previous evening hadn’t come yet.

But this didn’t deter buyers from waiting in queues longer than a kilometre for nearly four hours.

Crowd push each other while standing in queue in Nehru Nagar | Photo: Manisha Mondal | ThePrint
People push each other while standing in queue in Nehru Nagar, breaking all social distancing norms | Photo: Manisha Mondal | ThePrint
CRPF personnel asks to maintain one hand distance | Photo: Manisha Mondal | ThePrint
A CRPF jawan asks people in the queue to maintain an arm’s distance from the person in front at Nehru Nagar | Photo: Manisha Mondal | ThePrint
The line for alcohol in Nehru Nagar was more than a kilometer long | Photo: Manisha Mondal | ThePrint
The long queue outside the unopened liquor vend in Nehru Nagar | Photo: Manisha Mondal | ThePrint
Circles were outside an alcohol shop in Daryaganj Tuesday as a precautionary measure as the shop was supposed to open next day | Photo: Manisha Mondal | ThePrint
A worker painting social distancing circles outside a closed liquor store in Daryaganj | Photo: Manisha Mondal | ThePrint

Wednesday

Liquor stores finally opened with the new rate cards Wednesday, but began running out of stock sooner than expected. A shop in Paharganj, for example, opened at 10 am, but ran out of stock before 1 pm.

The line for alcohol in Nehru Nagar was more than a kilometer long | Photo: Manisha Mondal | ThePrint
A liquor store in Paharganj displays the new rates on a TV screen | Photo: Manisha Mondal | ThePrint
People carry boxes of alcohol in Paharganj | Photo: Manisha Mondal | ThePrint
A man carries three bottles out of the Paharganj store | Photo: Manisha Mondal | ThePrint
People stand in queue to buy alcohol | Photo: Manisha Mondal | ThePrint
There still seemed to be hardly any concern for social distancing for people in the queue | Photo: Manisha Mondal | ThePrint
A woman put a bottle of alcohol inside the bag | Photo: Manisha Mondal | ThePrint
A woman buys a bottle at the Paharganj store | Photo: Manisha Mondal | ThePrint

Also read: Delhi’s 70% corona tax on liquor causes chaos — shops stay shut, police disperse large crowds


 

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  1. Have you done a fact check on actually how many shops have been granted permission to open with restricted hours. And also to what percentage of population does each ship cater to ? You’d be surprised, and readers with get a perspective. The rush is truly not as much as it would seem in light of the facts.

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