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Meet on ‘tap’ liquor mystery

Sivasagar, May 8: Things in Abhayapuri village of Sivasagar district are slowly getting back to normal after yesterday’s incident when drinking water pipes were contaminated with liquor.

The incident created quite a flutter, with residents attempting to set fire to a government-approved country liquor outlet, which they suspected to be the source of the contamination.

This evening, however, the residents of Abhayapuri convened a public meeting to amicably resolve the issue.

The probable causes that led to the contamination were discussed at the meeting and efforts were made to maintain harmony among the residents, sources said.

The residents demanded closure of the liquor outlet, saying several places of worship were near it.

“The liquor outlet has not only vitiated the atmosphere in the area, it has also created division among the residents here,” said Gautam Gogoi, a local resident.

A police source said the incident took place because of the negligence of the employees working at the liquor outlet.

“We are almost certain that the contamination took place at the branch pipeline to the outlet. The employees might not be involved in the act, but it was their negligence that led to the incident,” a source said.

The three employees who were arrested yesterday were produced in court at Nazira today.