Ludhiana: Serving liquor in open and opening eateries after 11 pm is prohibited by the Commissioner of Police in city. But the prohibition is only in the official files and the media alone even after every two months when the police commissioner had extend the ban orders.
In reality, the eateries’ owners mainly on the Railway Station Road are openly seen flouting the official orders and seen serving liquor without having any license of serving. Moreover, the eateries and dhabas remain open till late night violating another order of Police Commissioner for not to open restaurants, eateries and dhabas after 11 pm.
Interestingly, the police personnel are deployed outside railway station near the dhabas and the police personnel from Police Division No.1 also patrol in the area but they used to turn their faces another side when it comes to take action against the dhabas and eateries indulging into violation of the orders of police commissioner.
On Thursday, the ‘Daily Post’ team took a round of the city and found that all the dhabas on the Railway Station Road remained opened till 1 am. Moreover, the dhabha owners also serve liquor to their customers without any license. The team also clicked the photographs of visitors at dhabas while enjoying liquor on tables served by the employees of dhaba.
Though the reason to avoid action against the violators is best known to the police personnel but it was also seen that some police personnel also used to enjoy dinner and liquor at the same dhabas.
NO FEAR OF POLICE ACTION
Last month, Police Division No.1 had slapped case against the owner of Sher- E- Punjab Dhaba for opening the shop after 11 pm. The famous eatery owner Pandit Paronthe Wala was also booked by the police but after two days of case the owner of eateries again violate the orders of police commissioner under the very nose of the police.
WILL TAKE ACTION: SHO
Station House Officer (SHO) at Police Division No.1, Inspector Sumit Sood said that they checked the dhabas and eateries during night and also direct them to close the shops before 11 pm. When asked about the serving liquor, SHO said that the owner of dhabas might serve liquor but it was not in their notice. Strict action would be taken in this regard, he said.
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