In a campaign to check drinking and smoking in public places, the UT Police have booked more than 100 people in the last 24 hours. On Saturday, 25 people were arrested till 9.30 pm. Launched on Friday evening, the campaign will continue for a few days.
Drinking in public places is a bailable offence under the Excise Act, while smoking in public places is punishable with a fine under the Cigarette and Other Tobacco Products Act. As many as 56 people were booked in 44 cases of drinking in public places, with the maximum of 8 by the Sector 34 police. An equal number were fined for smoking in public places, with the maximum of 14 by the Sector 36 police.
The drive was started after a report from the crime branch, stating that officials were not vigilant enough about checking offences of smoking and drinking in public places.
In a weekly review, it was found that only four challans had been issued, two each by the police stations in Sector 3 and Sector 36. IG R P Upadhyay said, “We want to send across a message that public drinking and smoking will not be tolerated.”