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Published: Wed, November 09, 2016
Global Media | By Abel Hampton

Sisodia vows to punish those found consuming alcohol in public, 36 arrested

Sisodia vows to punish those found consuming alcohol in public, 36 arrested

The Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) government has cracked the whip on drinking in public as the excise department has arrested 36 people on the first day of their initiative. "In some places, women and children found it very hard to go to the markets because of such people", Sisodia said.

Officials said that 10 teams from the excise department had gone across the capital and arrested the people who were found consuming liquor in cars or on roads.

Sisodia said 10 Excise Department teams formed to enforce a ban on public drinking which made the arrests on Monday.

The government also ordered a strict enforcement of a Supreme Court order banning the entry of trucks not destined for Delhi. The arrests were made from Deshbandhu Gupta Road, Auto Market Zamroodpur, Janakpuri District Centre, Vasant Vihar, PVR complex Vikaspuri, Pitampura, Kushal Cinema Jahangirpuri, near Rakjokri flyover, Sabzi Mandi, Kasturba Nagar, Shastri Park, Sonia Vihar Pushta, IP Estate, Nehru Place, Ranhola and Mangolpuri. At other locations, up to three people were arrested for drinking in public. Sisodia had announced on October 26 that the government will come down heavily on those found drinking in public spaces November 7 onwards. They were produced before the magistrates and handed over to police at night.

"We were aided in this effort by 17 police stations".

Keep it behind closed doors A crackdown on public drinking has been implemented
Keep it behind closed doors A crackdown on public drinking has been implemented

"The government would also run a campaign to dissuade people from drinking in the open and create awareness about the rules", he added. "No one will be spared if found drinking publicly", he said.

"If someone is found consuming alcohol in public places and near liquor shops, we will get them arrested under the existing Excise Act from November 7".

Sisodia further that the government has asked the high court to provide mobile magistrates, so that fines can be imposed on the spot.

A total of five trucks were challaned in his presence, the official said.

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