Car-o-bar at Panchkula parking lots at night

PANCHKULA: As the daylight dims, several parking lots in turn into bars. Residents hesitate to go near these lots, which have reported various incidents of brawls in the past.

A TOI team that went for a reality check on Monday night found no presence of police force at markets. At 8.45pm, Sector 8 parking lot was full of cars and people had made the bonnets as bar-tables. Car-o-bar was also going on in every vehicle parked in front of a .

A group of men had kept liquor bottles on the bonnet along with food items. They had alcohol without any fear of law for over two hours. They were talking in loud and abusive language, spoiling the environment for passers-by.

One of the passers-by, a resident of Sector 8, said, “This is a common practice here. We have complained many a time to cops, but they have completely failed to stop this activity. Either cops are hand in gloves with the liquor vend owner or don’t bother about residents’ safety.” At markets of sectors 5 and 9, the TOI team saw families, who had come for a movie or dinner, having a tough time walking past people consuming liquor openly in the parking lots.
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