Over 300 caught con­sum­ing al­co­hol in Maya­puri parks

Po­lice Crack­down From Jan To Sept Fol­low­ing DCPCR No­tice

The Times of India (New Delhi edition) - - Times City - Pankhuri.Ya­dav @times­group.com

New Delhi: “If not the parks, where else will the chil­dren go out to play?” This was a ques­tion raised by the Delhi Com­mis­sion for Child Rights (DCPCR) in Jan­uary this year. A no­tice was also is­sued to Delhi Po­lice in this re­gard. Now, it has come to light that as many as 337 peo­ple were caught con­sum­ing al­co­hol in parks of west Delhi’s Maya­puri alone be­tween Jan­uary and Septem­ber.

A Delhi Po­lice doc­u­ment men­tioned that the ac­tion was taken af­ter the no­tice was is­sued by DCPCR. “An in­quiry into the mat­ter was con­ducted by as­sis­tant com­mis­sioner of po­lice, Maya­puri dur­ing which it was found that the al­le­ga­tions lev­elled about the con­sump­tion of liquor in the parks were found to be true,” the doc­u­ment read.

How­ever, the ac­cu­sa­tion that drugs too were be­ing con­sumed and sold there was not found to be true. Po­lice said that dur­ing the probe and crack­down, strict ac­tion was taken against the per­sons who were con­sum­ing al­co­hol in the area un­der Sec­tion 40 (pun­ish­ment for al­legedly con­sum­ing liquor in a pub­lic place) of the Ex­cise Act.

“I want to en­sure that all the parks of the city are safe and se­cure for the chil­dren of Delhi to play and grow,” said Ran­jana Prasad, mem­ber of DCPCR.

Of­fi­cials said that from Jan­uary to Septem­ber, 92 no­tices were is­sued to those who were caught, and 334 peo­ple were ar­rested. Fur­ther in­quiry re­vealed that meet­ings with the rep­re­sen­ta­tives of RWAs/MWAs were be­ing held as a part of the com­mu­nity polic­ing.

Ase­nior po­lice of­fi­cial said that the sta­tion house of­fi­cer and the ACP of Maya­puri are them­selves do­ing foot pa­trolling in all the parks of the area on a reg­u­lar ba­sis. Strict ac­tion is be­ing taken against all those peo­ple who are caught sell­ing or con­sum­ing liquor and drugs. “Reg­u­lar meet­ings are also held with the school chil­dren as of­ten they are the ones who alert their par­ents who sub­se­quently in­form us and help us catch the mis­cre­ants con­sum­ing al­co­hol in the parks on the spot.”

Po­lice said that all the beat staff have been sen­si­tized about the con­sump­tion of liquor in parks of Maya­puri. They have been briefed to in­ten­sify pa­trolling in the area fur­ther, and to take strict le­gal ac­tion against the de­fault­ers.

A se­nior po­lice of­fi­cial said that pa­trolling of parks will be ex­tended to other ar­eas as well. “We want all the parks in the city to be safe for chil­dren, with­out par­ents hav­ing to worry about the safety of their chil­dren.”

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