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Aizwal, July 13: The death of a 52-year-old woman from Aizawl has triggered an outrage on social media in Mizoram with netizens linking her death to the raids on her grape wine shop at the Millennium Centre on May 27.

Lalhriatpuii, who died on July 11 of a stroke, was reported to have gone into an acute depression that led to the deterioration of health after Rs 22-lakh worth of Mizoram-produced grape wine bottles were seized from her shop by the Mizoram excise and narcotics department, leaving her penniless.

Lalhriatpuii was running a flourishing wine shop at the city’s largest shopping mall that suddenly vanished after the surprise official crackdown. Hitherto, wines made from Mizoram-grown grapes were freely sold in the supermarket.

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“After the police seized her wine bottles during the raids on May 27, she became depressed. She even went to a psychiatrist, complaining of sleep deprivation,” a well-known singer-evangelist, who runs a garment shop near hers, said.

With over her 10-year-old livelihood snatched, she sought some other options. She had gone to Bangkok to collect garments to be retailed in Aizawl.

On her way back, she collapsed in a hotel in Guwahati. On her way back, she collapsed in a hotel in Guwahati. She was brought to Aizawl and died on the way on Monday, sources said.