Chaos outside liquor stores as India eases virus lockdown

New Delhi (AFP) – Police swung batons on Monday to beat back thirsty Indians jostling to buy alcohol for the first time in 40 days as the government eased further the world’s biggest coronavirus lockdown.Some state leaders had pushed for liquor stores to be reopened earlier, saying the money from alcohol sales was a major source of tax revenue.The Delhi government said late Monday that it would slap a 70 percent “special corona fee” on liquor sales from Tuesday to boost revenue badly hit by the pandemic, local media reported.The government credits its strict shutdown of almost all activity sin…

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