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Police, admin tighten noose around pubs

To check the menace of underage drinking, Gurgaon police commissioner Alok Mittal called a meeting with the top brass of the district administration on Tuesday.

gurgaon Updated: Jul 17, 2013 01:30 IST
HT Correspondent
HT Correspondent
Hindustan Times

To check the menace of Gurgaon police commissioner Alok Mittal called a meeting with the top brass of the district administration on Tuesday.

Officials were asked to conduct inspections of all pubs, bars and lounges in the city and ensure that hookahs and/or liquor are not being served to persons below the age of 25.

The action comes two days after nearly 100 students of reputed schools were caught drinking and smoking during a raid at a pub in Gurgaon on Sunday.

The meeting was attended by Gurgaon deputy commissioner Shekhar Vidyarthi, joint commissioner of police Maheshwar Dayal, SDM (Gurgaon North) Dr Satender Duhan, deputy excise and taxation commissioner Anil Kadian, civil surgeon Dr BK Rajaura, senior drug controller Lalit Goyal, district drug controller Pooja Chaudhary and ACP (DLF area) Bhupender Singh.

Directions were also issued to pub/bar owners to install CCTV cameras to keep a record if liquor is being sold to youths under 25 years of age.

While Section 29 of the Punjab Excise Act, 1914, prohibits sale of liquor to persons under the age of 25 years, Section 62 of the Act provides penal provisions for the violation.

Though prohibitory orders under Section 144 of the CrPC banning hookah bars in Gurgaon is already in force, Vidyarthi will issue new orders under the same section for installation of CCTV cameras and also ensure that pubs are shut down by midnight.

Mittal said, "As most pubs don't check the age of customers, minors below 18 years are often allowed to enter pubs and consume liquor. From now, we will take strict action against the offenders and I have asked the joint commissioner to send directions to the pub owners to abide by the legal drinking age of 25 years."

Meanwhile, the excise department has also tightened the noose around pubs and sent them a notice on Tuesday. Kadian said, "We have sent our reports to the excise and taxation commissioner in Panchkula and given a list of pub/bars whose licences should be cancelled."

He added, "I have also sent circulars to all pub/bars to ensure that no liquor is served to people below 25 years and we will conduct regular raids to check if the liquor stock is same as per the permit issued or bought from outside." Outlets violating the rules would not only be penalised but may also lose their licence after an FIR is registered against them.

First Published: Jul 17, 2013 01:27 IST