Delhi’s deputy chief minister, Manish Sisodia, had vowed to punish those found to be consuming alcohol in public in the national capital.
Taking to Twitter Sisodia said, “This is a warning by the Delhi government to those who consume alcohol in public. Learn or else consuming alcohol will cost you dearly. This will lead to arrests, filing of cases and penalty.”
खुले में शराब पीने वालों को दिल्ली सरकार की चेतावनी है – सुधर जाओ नहीं तो शराब पीना महँगा पडेगा। गिरफ्तारी, मुकदमा, जुर्माना भुगतना होगा।
— Manish Sisodia (@msisodia) November 8, 2016
The Delhi government on Monday had said that it will launch a crackdown against people drinking in public places and near liquor shops from today, with the Excise Departments special teams geared up for strict action against the violators.
Sisodia informed that the Excise teams had arrested 36 people, found to be drinking alcohol on the streets of Delhi.
According to the government, it will strictly enforce the Excise Act under which consuming alcohol at public places attracts a fine of Rs 5,000, which can even go up to Rs 10,000 with a jail term of three months if the offender creates nuisance.
Last month Sisodia had announced the drive after he, during an inspection at a liquor shop in Mayur Vihar, found that people were drinking alcohol near liquor shops and creating ruckus, thus causing inconvenience to the residents, especially women.
“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. We will also impose fines of Rs 5,000 and 10,000 on violators,” Sisodia had said last month.
In August, the AAP government had announced that no new liquor shops will come up in Delhi this year and mohalla sabhas will be empowered to shut existing neighbourhood vends if there are complaints of “nuisance”.
According to the policy, the process to decide on shutting a shop will be initiated once 10 per cent voters of a mohalla sabha submit a written complaint in this regard.