After rise in suicide cases, Kerala govt may allow online liquor sale during lockdown

Kerala CM Pinarayi Vijayan

Two tippers committed suicide during the 21-day nationwide lockdown due to frustration of not getting liquor, now the Kerala government considering a plan to permit online sale of liquor. Thw

On Saturday, a youth committed suicide by jumping into a river after suffering from withdrawal symptoms in Kodagalur in Thrissur district.

In another incident, a 38-year-old man working in a barbershop in Kayakulam consumed shaving lotion after not drinking alcohol. Although he was rushed to hospital after restlessness, he died.

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Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan said in a press conference that the sudden unavailability of alcohol may lead to social problems.

CM Vijayan has also directed the State Excise Department to provide liquor to those with a prescription from doctors, ANI reported.

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