Hyderabad : Hyderabad police has booked a man for spitting on the road.  This comes two days after the state banned spitting of paan, chewable tobacco and non tobacco products in public places as a precautionary measure to curtail the spread of Coronavirus.
The Hyderabad police registered a  case against  Md. Abdul Muzed, a milk van co-driver, resident of Almagal Colony, Hayatnagar . According to the police, On April 10th  morning, while Sub Inspector  K Sanjeeva Reddy was conducting vehicle checks at  One ten hotel, Champapet . A  milk van bearing No.  TS07UE 5896 owned by Narmul Milk Company, Haythnagar passed through  the checkpost.  The co-driver of the milk van Abul Muzed was found spitting  on the road at checkpost. The act  was photographed and the man  was taken in to custody. A case under section 274 and 269 of Indian penal code was registered against the man.

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.

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