Swedish tourist empties liquor bottles, Kovalam (Kerala) on Dec 31st – 21, police officer suspended



Background to the video:

Stefan from Sweden had purchased three bottles of liquor – as per the norms in Kerala, India, a person can carry three litres of liquor sold in the state – from a state-run BEVCO outlet at Vellar near Kovalam on Friday afternoon. While returning from the outlet on his scooter, Stefan was flagged down by a police team, which has been inspecting vehicles as part of a special drive on New Year’s eve.

An inspection of the scooter and Stefan led to detection of three bottles of liquor from Stefan’s travel bag.
A police officer then asked Stefan for the purchase bill, which he could not produce as the outlet where he’d bought the liquor had not given him the slip.

When Stefan requested that he be allowed to return to the liquor outlet and get the bill, the police asked him to abandon the bottles. Instead of abandoning the plastic bottles, Stefan, however, who due to this incident wasn’t in a good mood decided to drain the liquor out of bottles.

After this incident in Kerala went viral, police came under attack for its “unfriendly” approach towards tourists. Opposition Leader V D Satheesan told the media that the incident showed the government has lost control over the police.

Read more and see more videos of the incident:

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Bakgrund till videon: Stefan Åsberg, 68, från Svedala i Skåne åker på sin scooter i delstaten Kerala i sydvästra Indien på nyårsafton 2021. I väskan som han har med sig, har han tre nyinköpta flaskor med rom, avsedda för en kamrats helgfirande.

Stefan fastnar längs vägen i en poliskontroll. Polisen har nämligen skärpt sina säkerhetskontroller längs vägarna inför nyårsafton och stoppet leder till att Åsberg helt sonika förlorar nyårsspriten.

Trots att han själv föreslår att han ska vända tillbaka till butiken för att erhålla kvitto på köpet som polisen kan få titta på. Men det går polisen inte med på, istället tappar Stefan tålamodet och häller ut spriten vid en bro vid sidan av vägen. Ngt som filmas och som redan får politiska konsekvenser på högsta nivå.

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