As many as 400 persons have so far been arrested by the excise department of Delhi government in the ongoing drive against public drinking in the national capital. Although 29 persons were arrested for consuming liquor in public places on Monday, 13 were caught yesterday for violating the laid down rules. While launching the drive against open drinking on November 7, Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia had said the intention of the government was not to put people in jails but to reform them and curb so this menace which is taking a toll on the families and safety of women can be ensured. The action is being taken against the violators under section 40 of the Delhi Excise Act and they are handed over to Delhi Police in different Police Stations for further action as per law. As per the rules, anyone caught drinking publicly has to to pay a fine of Rs 5,000 and anyone creating nuisance in public is fined Rs 10,000 and faces imprisonment of up to six months.
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