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Call to declare Pan Bazar liquor-free zone

By Staff Reporter

GUWAHATI, Aug 1 � The Cotton College Union Society (CCUS) and the union body of Handique Girls� College have submitted a memorandum to Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi, Education Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma and the Kamrup Metro district administration demanding declaration of Pan Bazar area as a �liquor-free� zone.

The student bodies have urged the authority concerned to shift all the liquor outlets located in the Pan Bazar area.

�Besides Cotton College, there are three other educational institutions located in the Pan Bazar area and the liquor shops and bars are having an adverse effect on the mindset of the students studying in these institutions,� said Pradyut Bikash Gogoi, vice president of CCUS, at a press conference today.

The students� bodies reasoned that the liquor outlets have hampered the academic environment of the area over the years, which is why the Government must take some ardent measures in this regard.

Asked why the students� body has not brought the issue of tobacco sale within 100 metres radius of the educational institutes before the authorities, Gogoi said that they would soon take up the matter with the college authorities.

Deepti Das, general secretary of the union body of Handique Girls� College, further added that no liquor shop should be allowed to operate in and around any of the educational institutes located in Guwahati.

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