Srinagar: The Jammu and Kashmir Police has booked 4016 people under the Cigarettes and Other Tobacco Products Act (COTPA) during the last three months in the state, officials said today.
Police personnel generated 4016 challans and collected 3, 68,750 Rupees as fine from people for violating COTPA during July to September 2015, a police spokesman said.
He said that during the month of July the number of persons booked was 1146 and the amount recovered as fine stood at Rs. 1,06,350. In August 1414 persons were booked and an amount of Rs. 1,27,500 was collected as fine while in September, 1456 persons were challaned and fine worth 1,34,900 was collected from these violators.
Pertinently, the state government has directed the police to incorporate Cigarettes and Other Tobacco Products (Prohibition of Advertisement and Regulation of Trade and Commerce Production, Supply and Distribution) Act (COTPA) violations in the monthly crime review for strengthening the public health measure at the district and sub-district level.
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