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60 booked for drinking in public places in Noida

The exercise was carried out on the instructions of Love Kumar, senior superintendent of police. Teams from 21 police stations visited liquor shops and marketplaces and penalised those drinking in the open.

noida Updated: May 14, 2017 22:18 IST
Vaibhav Jha
Among the 21 police teams that took part in the drive, the team from Police Station Sector 20 nabbed the maximum number of offenders — 18.
Among the 21 police teams that took part in the drive, the team from Police Station Sector 20 nabbed the maximum number of offenders — 18.(Representative photo)

In a two-day drive against drinking in the open, 60 people were penalised by the police on Friday and Saturday in Noida and Greater Noida.

The exercise was carried out on the instructions of Love Kumar, senior superintendent of police. Teams from 21 police stations visited liquor shops and marketplaces and penalised those drinking in the open.

The police also collected identity proofs of the 60 persons for initiating action under IPC sections. Among the 60 people, 32 were booked under sections 151 and 28 under section 290 of the IPC.

Any offence under Section 151 is punishable by a fine (to be decided by the court) or imprisonment of six months or both. Under Section 290 of IPC, whoever commits a public nuisance in any case not otherwise punishable by this code shall be punished with fine which may extend to Rs 200.

“The campaign was launched on Friday afternoon and it continued till Saturday evening. Such a campaign will be launched again in future whenever the SSP directs us,” said Gajendra Kumar Shrotiya, public relations officer to the SSP, Gautam Budh Nagar.

Among the 21 police teams that took part in the drive, the team from Police Station Sector 20 nabbed the maximum number of offenders — 18. “People were drinking outside vends and causing nuisance. We nabbed several of them and issued challan,” said Anil Shai, station house officer, Sector 20 police station.

Sector 58 police penalised 10 persons. “Many were found drinking on the roadside. The offenders included students and working professionals,” said Zaheer Khan, station house officer, Sector 58 police station.

Five persons under the Sector 24 police station were fined on Friday. “Drinking in front of a liquor shop is illegal. These offenders will be summoned by the Surajpur court and they will have to pay the fine,” Vinay Prakash, station house officer, Sector 24 police station, said.

Noida residents lauded the move. “There is a need for more such drives by the police. On several occasions, we have also complained about anti-social elements drinking at public places and then harassing the public, especially women,” said Sanjeev Kumar, general secretary, Sector 51 RWA.