Chandigarh’s heart becomes tippler’s paradise

Between June 1 and August 30, the highest number of such cases was registered in Sector 17, followed by Sector 26.

punjab Updated: Sep 02, 2018 12:50 IST
HT Correspondent
HT Correspondent
Hindustan Times, Chandigarh
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Cracking the whip on public drinking in the City Beautiful, the Chandigarh police have registered 542 cases for consumption of liquor at public places and have apprehended 590 offenders in the past three months.

The figures released by the police department on Saturday reveal that between June 1 and August 30, the highest number of such cases was registered in Sector 17, followed by Sector 26.

These were followed by peripheral areas — Manimajra, Mauli Jagran and the IT Park (see box). The Sector 17 police station, which has the jurisdiction over Sectors 22, 23 and 16 as well, recorded 56 cases. Meanwhile, the Sector 26 station, which also covers Sector 7 and Bapu Dham Colony, witnessed 51 cases.

Watering holes

Cops posted at the Sector 17 police station said people are mostly caught drinking near liquor vends in Sector 17 and 22.

In Sectors 7 and 26, most Bacchus lovers are found in the parking lots. The two sectors are lined up with a number of pubs and nightclubs. “Sometimes before going to the clubs, party-goers buy liquor from vends, as it is cheaper, and consume it in their cars,” said a cop deputed at the Sector-26 police station.

Police have seized 40 four-wheelers and 10 two-wheelers of such offenders in the past three months.

Women safety on police’s mind

Chandigarh senior superintendent of police (SSP) Nilambari Jagdale said the drive against public drinking is helping curb social crimes, such as eve-teasing, stalking, hooliganism and brawls. Jagdale said the special drive was initiated keeping in mind the safety and security of women.

Meanwhile, on the “gehri” route (Sectors 8, 9, 10, 11), city police have registered a total of 54 cases and arrested 66 people in the past three months.

Among the city’s southern sectors, — which are highly prone to street crimes — the Sector 39 police station leads with 35 cases in three months. The Sector 34 station registered the least, at 10.

Conviction in such cases is under Section 510 (misconduct in public by a drunken person) of the Indian Penal Code. It carries a fine, as decided by the court.

First Published: Sep 02, 2018 12:50 IST