32 issued with police advisories for flouting alcohol ban in Little India

32 issued with police advisories for flouting alcohol ban in Little India
File photo of signs in Little India stating the alcohol ban boundary between Dec 14 and 16, 2013.

SINGAPORE - Since the weekend ban of alcohol consumption at Little India kicked in on Dec 14, 32 people have been issued police advisories for drinking in public within the proclaimed area during prohibited times.

All of them stopped drinking when police officers approached them, and the police have confiscated the alcohol, according to a police statement issued on Thursday.

The consumption ban in the area takes effect from 6am on Saturdays to 6am on Mondays, while on public holidays it starts from 6am the day before and ends at 6am the day after.

The alcohol ban also prohibits a number of stores in the proclaimed area from selling alcohol between 6am to 8pm on the weekends, public holidays and the eve of public holidays.

On December 22, 2013, police found out a Jalan Besar eatery located within the proclaimed area at Little India was serving alcohol to customers despite not having a valid licence for the sale of liquor.

The owner, a 44-year-old man, is due to be in court on Friday. He could be fined up to $5,000 if found guilty.

The Police will continue their heightened patrols in Little India to enforce the ban on alcohol consumption and the licensing restrictions on the sale of alcohol.

natlim@sph.com.sg

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