Meerut: Out of total 25,717 booked during a month-long crackdown on public drinking across Uttar Pradesh, Meerut zone accounted for a whopping 13,452 tipplers (over 50% of the total) booked for the offence.
In Meerut’s Ganganagar, public drinking is a common sight at a liquor shop which has a police station at a stone’s throw.
Lucknow zone was a distant second with 3,165 booked for public drinking.
We will take more such steps in future,” additional director general (Meerut) Prashant Kumar said.Public drinking is a common sight in almost all the districts of Meerut zone, including Ghaziabad, Meerut, Muzaffarnagar and Saharanpur.
Over 50,000 litres of alcohol was also seized from the offenders.Meerut zone’s top spot in the crackdown reflects on the culture of "police patronage" to public drinking, especially in the vicinity of liquor shops.
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