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10,344 booked till Mar 2019 for consuming alcohol in public

New Delhi: According to a Delhi Police data, in last in 90 days, 10,344 persons were booked for consuming liquor in public places of the city. In comparison, 6,861 persons were arrested during the same period in 2018. The cases under the Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances Act has also risen compared to the last year.

Police sources told Millennium Post that they have heightened the security which resulted in curbing the menace. Sources informed that out 15 districts, two were on the top with 2706, and 2015 arrests, while 5,585 arrests were made from the rest of 13 districts. Additionally, two units of city police, railways and crime branch caught 38 persons drinking in public places.

According to police, drinking in public places would often result in quarrel, fights, rash driving. "We conduct surprise checkings in different areas, and also put pickets to check drunk and driving cases," police said.

Last year city police started a drive named "Reclaiming Public Spaces" under which they booked several persons. The police started the initiative after it was found that families had started avoiding public places due to the presence of anti-social elements fostered by illegal activities like gambling and drinking liquor.

To keep the public spaces free from the anti-social elements, park patrolling is being done to sanitize. Apart from different drives, the city police in plain clothes also roam around in different places to keep an eye on any untoward activity.

Cops also ask the whereabouts of suspicious people and frisk them to check if they are armed.

Cases registered and vehicle seizure

Total 1,549 Excise Act cases were registered till March this year, whereas, the number was at 874 during the same period in 2018. As many as 172 vehicles involved in the illegal activity were seized last year (till March), whereas, in the current year, the law enforcement agency has seized 245 vehicles. Around 1,46,211 illicit bottles were recovered in 2018 as compared to 1,76,890 bottles seized this year.

Cases under NDPS Act

In 2019, a total of thirteen cases have been registered under the Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances Act, whereas last year only seven were reported.

"As many as 30 persons arrested last year whereas 28 drug traffickers have been nabbed this year," said police sources adding that 19 habitual drug traffickers have been also identified.

The history sheets of 66 drug traffickers have already been opened while the proposal has been made to open cases of an additional six history-sheeters.

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