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Posted at: Jun 19, 2017, 1:49 AM; last updated: Jun 19, 2017, 1:49 AM (IST)

Serving boozers to land dhaba owners in trouble

Drinking in public

  • 108 booked
  • A total of 108 persons have been booked under the Excise Act as part of the drive so far.

Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, June 18

As part of their campaign against drinking at public places, the Chandigarh Police have decided to book dhaba and hotel owners for serving food to people who are found drinking in public places. 

A police official said during the drive, it had been found that people who took liquor at public places were served snacks or food from dhaba, food outlets or hotels, which was no less than facilitating drinking at public places. “People park their vehicles in parking lots in busy markets and are served food in the vehicles by food outlets,” said an official. 

The scene is the same in the Sector 8 inner market, Sectors 22, 32, 34, 35, 44 and 46, where food is served in vehicles by various food outlets. The car occupants do not even have to step out as employees of the food outlets walk up to the vehicles with the menu cards. According to the police, strict action would be taken against them as per law.

Eish Singhal, SSP, UT, said action against the dhaba and food outlet owners would vary from case to case. 

He said area police stations had been asked to conduct foot patrolling in the market areas to check the offence.

The UT police have initiated a drive against drinking at public places. As part of the drive, 25 persons were arrested on Saturday. So far, 108 persons have been booked or arrested as part of the drive against drinking at public places. 

The police said the drive against drunken driving helped check incidents of road rage as well as petty crimes. It also helped check hooliganism and brawl. The police said the drive also acted as a deterrent to those who indulged in eve-teasing. The drive would continue. 

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