Police arrested 70 people for drinking in public on Saturday. On Friday night, more than 70 had been arrested for the same offence and 56 had been fined for smoking in public. The action is part of a special drive to check consumption of liquor and smoking at public places. This is the first time that such a major drive has been launched to check drinking in public places and officials claim that it will continue.
Drinking in public invites penal action and 44 cases under the Excise Act were also registered on Friday.
Police claim that the maximum number of cases of consuming liquor in public was registered in Sectors 34 and 26 police stations; the industrial area and the Sector 39 police station.
Those arrested were released from the police station as it is a bailable offence. The residents were from across the city and also from Punjab and Haryana.
The menace of drinking in public is rampant in markets of Sector 8 and 9.
Residents, especially youngsters, park their vehicles outside liquor vends and shops and start consuming it on the road itself. Some shops also encourage the practice by of fering snacks to residents in cars.
CITY WAS DECLARED SMOKE-FREE IN JULY
2007Friday’s police action underscores the difference between reality and the situation on the ground. Even as Chandigarh was declared a no-smoking zone in 2007 with the implementation of the provisions of the Central Tobacco Control Act in all parts of the city, yet the practice continues uninterrupted.