Drinking in open to invite action

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Drinking in outside restaurants and eating joints, though illegal, is rampant in the city, if the recent arrest of around eight persons is anything to go by.

Earlier too, the city police have launched campaigns against drinking on roadsides and in the open eating joints, but the nuisance has continued unabated. Now, the police authorities have taken a serious note of this and they claim to resolve the problem soon.

Following the order of Police Commissioner SS Srivastav, police teams raided the D-block market of Ranjit Avenue and arrested eight youths. Srivastav said the police was getting numerous complaints that people could be seen drinking in their cars outside shops offering non-veg cuisine. This sometimes became a law and order problem.

Among those arrested include Gurdip Singh and Shamsher Singh of Bhikhiwind (Tarn Taran), Saman Singh of Mahal village, Chanvir Singh of Green Avenue, Tejinder Singh of Paris Avenue, Chheharta, Soviat Bhanoa of Robin Avenue, Ashwani Kumar of Fatehgarh Churian, Gurdaspur, and Gurwinder Singh of Thande village. In January also, the police arrested six persons for a similar offence.

Drinking in public places is a major nuisance in the city where people can be seen drinking and consuming alcohol in their vehicles outside famous eateries and dhabas that offer non-vegetarian cuisines. Sometimes this leads to brawls and firing, creating panic in the area. Various eating joints on Majitha Road, Ranjit Avenue, Lawrence Road and the main GT Road are the favorite destinations of the offenders. A number of times this becomes a law and order problem.

The Police Commissioner had issued orders from time to time, prohibiting drinking in public. Nonetheless, the menace is rampant in the holy city.

The Police commissioner said that he had issued instructions to the police officials to deal with the problem with an iron hand. He said he would not allow this, as it created law and order problems many a time.

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