Paan ven­dor ar­rested for sell­ing cig­a­rette to ju­nior col­lege stu­dent

Hindustan Times ST (Mumbai) - HT Navi Mumbai Live - - FRONT PAGE - HT Correspondent ht­metro@hin­dus­tan­times.com

The Mum­bai po­lice on Tues­day ar­rested a pan ven­dor for sell­ing a cig­a­rette to a ju­nior col­lege stu­dent and in the process reg­is­tered the first case un­der the newly strength­ened ju­ve­nile jus­tice act.

The Act was amended in Jan­uary to bring the sale of to­bacco to mi­nors un­der its purview. Un­der the amended Act, sell­ing cig­a­rettes or other to­bacco prod­ucts to a mi­nor at­tracts a jail term of up to seven years and a fine of up to Rs 1 lakh. Ear­lier, this of­fence was pun­ish­able with a measly Rs200 fine un­der the Cig­a­rettes and Other To­bacco Prod­ucts Act (COTPA). In ad­di­tion to the ju­ve­nile jus­tice act, the seller has also been charged un­der COTPA and the Food Safety and Se­cu­rity Act.

The op­er­a­tion to ap­pre­hend Mani­ram Chaura­sia, 46, who runs a pan shop out­side a school in Matunga, was based on a tipoff and in­volved of­fi­cers from the ju­ve­nile aid po­lice unit (JAPU), the en­force­ment wing of the Mum­bai po­lice and the food and drug ad­min­is­tra­tion (FDA).

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