Hyderabad: New Horizon School in Langer Houz filed a complaint with Hyderabad Excise Department, as a wine shop is being constructed near their school. The school authorities have asked the Excise Department to shift the wine shop.

The wine shop, which is under construction, has not named itself yet. However, it has acquired a license from the Excise Department, mentioned the school authorities. The New Horizon representatives, including school authorities and parents, are gearing up for a protest since the authorities haven’t taken any action against the wine shop in the past two days.

The principal of the school, Ram Narashima Reddy, through his letter, requested concerned officials from the Excise Department to look into this matter. Satish Natisha, a Twitterati, shared the principal’s message and asked Telangana Minister of Education Sabitha Reddy to help the school. The minister responded saying, “Instructed the DEO/Hyderabad and concerned prohibition & excise department officials to solve the issue at the earliest (sic).”

The school officials claim that the wine shop is within 100m of the school. According to the rules, no wine shop can be established within 100m of an educational institution, hospital and temple.

However, the officials have revealed information that is contradictory to the school’s claims. Speaking to NewsMeter, Inspector Sharadha, of the Excide Department, says, “We have inspected the issue and found that the wine shop is outside the 100m periphery. Therefore, we didn’t take any action against the wine shop.”

Aiswarya Sriram

Aiswarya Sriram is a budding multimedia journalist and is currently working for NewsMeter as a "Factcheck Freelancer". A graduate from Indian Institute of Journalism and New Media (IIJNM) Bangalore, Aiswarya has earlier worked with The Logical Indian and has interned with Republic TV. Aiswarya, a Tamilian who was born and brought up in Mumbai, loves to do rural reporting. She has visited Byadgi Taluk of Karnataka, to write about the issues faced by chilli factory workers there, earlier in 2019. A craft enthusiast, Aiswarya also does quilling, painting and glass work. On her off-days, she loves to read crime-thrillers and watch anime. She primarily reports on civic issues, GHMC, human-interesting features, and fact-checking video stories.

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