A circular issued by the state home department grants relaxation in timings to shops, beer bars and other establishments selling liquor, alcohol, beer, wine and country liquor on December 24 (Eid-e-Milad), December 25 (Christmas) and December 31 (New Year's Eve).

It allows foreign liquor (FL-II) retail shops to remain open on all three days from 10.30 pm to 1 am and permit rooms, restaurants and bars (excluding in police commissionerate areas) from 11 pm to 5 am.

In the police commissionerate areas, beer and wine shops will be allowed to remain open between 10.30 pm and 1 am; hotels, restaurants, canteens and clubs between 10.30 pm and 5 am; country liquor shops in C-class municipal councils and zilla parishad areas (excluding Cantonment areas) from 10 PM to 1 AM and, in areas other than these, between 11.59 pm to 1 am, on all three days.

However, slamming the move, Congress leader Sachin Sawant claimed it proves that the government is not paying heed to the demands of Muslims.

AIMIM legislator Imtiyaz Jaleel said that a memorandum seeking a ban on liquor sale was for gauging the attitude of the government towards the sentiments of Muslims.

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