Rakesh Kumar (left) seizes a beer bottle found during the raid at Jubilee Park on Thursday night. Picture by Bhola Prasad
Life is set to become a tad more difficult for those who enjoy their evening booze in a family park or by the roadside or inside their cars.
The East Singhbhum district administration has asked assistant commissioner of Jamshedpur excise department Rakesh Kumar to launch a zero-tolerance crackdown on drinking in public.
Prompted by repeated complaints, the district administration issued a directive to Kumar on Thursday evening, calling for a sustained campaign against the menace.
The excise department carried out a nightlong drive at Jubilee Park and seized a beer bottle from a 68-year-old man, while a 23-year-old man was nabbed with 150gm of cannabis and a chillum (a pipe used for smoking marijuana). Raids were also carried out near Sacred Heart Convent School, Sir Dorabji Tata Park and Golmuri food plaza.
“We let the elderly person off with a warning. But, a fine of Rs 1,000 was slapped on the youth. Three others fled the spot. Yesterday (Thursday) was the first day of the campaign and we raided those places against which we had received complaints in the past,” said Kumar.
The excise official added that the campaign would continue till Diwali. “It will see first-time offenders being slapped a fine of Rs 1,000. The amount will be doubled in case of a repeat offence and, if caught a third time, the person in question may be jailed for three to six months.”
The administration has also directed the excise department to realise fines from parents of underage tipplers. “This will act as a deterrent for juvenile delinquents,” Kumar said.
Quick response teams culled from different police stations along with excise officials will also raid public places that are ‘popular’ among binge drinkers.
Besides, residents can also dial 100 to lodge complaints without divulging their identity. Their complaints will be relayed to the excise department from the police control room.
The department will also keep tabs on authorised liquor outlets to prevent drinking outside shops.
It is also planning to procure breath analyser kits. Big corporate houses like Tata Motors have offered help in this regard.