DCP bans all forms of hookahs in Panchkula

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PANCHKULA: Deputy com­mis­sioner of po­lice Parul Jain banned all form of hookahs be­ing of­fered at hookah bars in the city un­der Sec­tion 144 of CrPC on Wed­nes­day.

The DCP said, “I have acted on the rec­om­men­da­tion of dis­trict drug con­trol of­fi­cer Pooja Chaud­hary. With the im­ple­men­ta­tion of the or­der all forms of hookah will be pro­hib­ited.”

Chaud­hary con­firmed that she had been press­ing for it for the last one month as lot of hookah bars had started of­fer­ing mo­lasses, which they claimed free of nico­tine, in hookahs thus, by­pass­ing the high court or­der.

Chaud­hary was even hon­oured by the Haryana health min­is­ter for her ser­vices in the cam­paign against hookah bars.

The or­der of the DCP has come into ef­fect from Wed­nes­day and will re­main in force till July 29. Any per­son found guilty for the vi­o­la­tion of afore­said or­der shall be li­able for pun­ish­ment un­der Sec­tion 188 of the In­dian Pe­nal Code (IPC) and FIRs will be reg­is­tered. Un­der Sec­tion 188 of the IPC one may be pun­ished with im­pris­on­ment for up to six months, or with fine, which may ex­tend to Rs 1,000, or with both.

The raids at hookah bars started on Oc­to­ber 19, 2011, fol­low­ing the high court or­der, which came on a public in­ter­est lit­i­ga­tion filed by a Chandi­garh-based NGO, Burn­ing Brain So­ci­ety. The high court bench had held that ad­di­tion of nico­tine in its chem­i­cal form in any sub­stance was a vi­o­la­tion of Ar­ti­cle 21 (Right to Life) of the Con­sti­tu­tion.

A to­tal of 13 hookah bars have been raided so far. But af­ter that, the own­ers re­sorted to of­fer­ing herbal mo­lasses. How­ever, fol­low­ing the DCP or­der, all hookah bars have to close down now.

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