Over 300 caught consuming alcohol in Mayapuri parks
Police Crackdown From Jan To Sept Following DCPCR Notice
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.”