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India Races to Restore Order After Protests, Liquor Shop Brawls

  • Clashes erupt between police, migrant workers in western India
  • Chaos outside liquor shops reopened after weeks of lockdown
Police officers disperse a crowd flouting social distance outside a government liquor shop in New Delhi on May 4.
Police officers disperse a crowd flouting social distance outside a government liquor shop in New Delhi on May 4.Photographer: Sonu Mehta/Hindustan Times via Getty Images
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State governments across India rushed to restore order after violence and chaos broke out when the country started relaxing its stringent virus lockdown, with migrant workers clashing with police in western India and brawls erupting outside liquor shops in the national capital.

In Mumbai, India’s financial capital, local police said on Twitter that from Tuesday standalone shops would issue tokens to customers to avoid crowding around storefronts. It used the hashtag #MaintainSoberDistance. In Delhi the state government has imposed a 70% “corona fee” tax on the sale of all alcohol. It’s unclear so far whether the upheaval will continue or whether state governments will step in to enforce more curbs.