Over 300 cases of defacement of public property have been lodged in Delhi with 50 such cases being registered last week against various political parties and leaders.The anti-defacement drive, which is entering the fourth week, also saw the removal of 1,673 posters, 1,124 banners, 676 hoardings besides erasing 154 wall writings, a senior police official said.
"A total of 301 cases were registered since March 8 when the drive was started. Last week, 50 such cases were registered," Delhi Police spokesperson Rajan Bhagat said.The city police had filed 1,127 cases of defacement during the Assembly elections last November while the figures for 2003 Assembly elections were 408 and in 2004 Lok Sabha elections, it was 366.
All cases were filed under Delhi Prevention of Defacement of Property Act (2007) which came into effect this month. Offenders were earlier booked under West Bengal Prevention of Defacement of Property Act (1976).Under the new law, damaging, disfiguring, or spoiling in any other way whatsoever will not be allowed on a building, wall, tree, fence, post, pole or any other erection.The offence punishable under this Act shall be cognisable wherein a police officer can arrest a person without warrant. The offence attracts a jail term of up to one year or a fine of Rs 50,000 or both.