Police Crack Down On Tobacco Sellers
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02 June 2010
Sixty–Six People Held For Selling Tobacco Products Near Schools
Are teenagers studying in schools increasingly succumbing to smoking these days? The police action against illegal sale of tobacco near many schools indicates this worrying trend. On the World No Smoking Day on Monday, the police found that sale of tobacco products near schools are a flourishing business for many.
In a crackdown on the illegal sale of tobacco products near public places especially schools and hospitals in Jaipur district, 66 people were arrested when the World No Smoking Day was being observed on Monday. The police seized tobacco items from them.
According to police, special teams were constituted to put a check on the sale of tobacco products. "It was seen that tobacco was being sold at pushcarts and places after encroaching on public land near schools and hospitals," said IGP (Jaipur Range –1) B L Soni.
He said the police had identified these sellers and cracked down on them on Monday. "Over 50 people were arrested for selling tobacco products near schools and hospitals," said the officer.
In Vidhyadhar Nagar, Shyam Nagar, Jhotwara, Banipark, Karni Vihar, Kardhani, Vaishali Nagar, Malviya Nagar and Adarsh Nagar police station areas, people were found to be selling tobacco products near over 15 schools on Monday. The schools near which the police took action against these sellers include Bright School in Shyam Nagar, School Happy Point and Gyan Gyoti Sr Secondary School in Vidhyadhar Nagar, Bhawani Niketan in Jhotwara, SSVM School in Karni Vihar, Kaushik School in Kardhani, DAV School in Vaishali Nagar and Spring Dales School, Seedling College and St Anselm School in Malviya Nagar. Sellers were arrested from SMS Hospital, JK Lon Hospital, Pardia Hospital and many others.
"It was very alarming that people who were rounded up on Monday for selling tobacco products were making good profits out of selling tobacco to schoolchildren," said the officer. He further added that such action taken against sellers from time to time, but special crack down had been planned for No Smoking Day on Monday.
He said administration of schools in the city should be informing the nearby police station if they come across with people selling tobacco products near their premises so that police can take action against them. The 66 people were booked under Rajasthan Prohibition of Smoking and Non Smokers' Health Protection Act. As the crime is bailable, these people were released soon after the arrest. Even after this action against tobacco sellers, one can see people selling tobacco products near almost every school in the city.