Hyderabad police commissioner Anjani Kumar said , “If anyone is caught spitting at public places, he/she is liable to be punished under section 188 and 269 Indian Penal Code. Nature of evidence is photography, video graph, and CCTV footage or eye witness.”
The commissioner told NewsMeter, “Anyone caught on CCTV camera spitting in public places will be booked. Besides this, an individual can take pictures/videos of the violator and inform the police with due evidence. Also, in case a police officer himself finds a person spitting, the officer is authorised to book a case.”
The state, the government, on 8 April, had banned spitting in public places in the interest of public health and safety. The ban is imposed across the state.
“The COVID-19 pandemic has brought to the fore the importance of hygiene and cleanliness in both personal as well as public places and the need to impose restrictions on unhealthy practices that may potentially lead to the spread of such viruses and other infections. The habit of public spitting poses a serious threat to the spread of such infections,” the government had said in a statement.