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Gurugram: Pubs, liquor shops fined for operating after midnight

IANS | December 25, 2020 04:02 PM

GURUGRAM: A joint team of the Haryana Chief Minister's flying squad and excise officials conducted raids and issued challans to four pubs and an equal number of liquor vends for violating the excise rules and serving liquor beyond the prescribed time, on the intervening night of Thursday-Friday in Gurugram.

As per the state excise policy, the operating time of these establishments is from 9 a.m. to 12 a.m.

Inderjeet Yadav, Deputy Superintendent of Police, CM flying squad said the raids were conducted at 10 pubs and nine liquor vends in Sector-29, Sector-53, MG Road, Golf Course Road, Cyber Hub and DLF in Gurugram.

Acting on a tip-off, both teams had conducted a raid and issued challans to the pubs.

"Out of 10 pubs, fines were issued to four pubs, and out of the nine liquor shops four were issued challans for running after the prescribed time, which is a violation of the Excise Act, " Yadav said.

He also said a penalty of Rs 10 to 14 lakh could be levied against these violators.

"The department is conducting frequent checks to ensure liquor is not served after the prescribed time in open and that no one sells liquor without permission, " Aruna Singh, deputy excise and taxation commissioner (East), said.

"Also, we have formed teams to conduct surprise checks at all outlets to ensure pub owners or operators are not violating the rules and regulations, " the official added.

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