Little India Riot: 2 shops found to have breached alcohol rules

Little India Riot: 2 shops found to have breached alcohol rules

SINGAPORE - Two establishments around Little India were found to have breached the licensing restrictions on the sale of alcohol on Sunday, December 22, 2013.

The breaches were detected during heightened police patrols to enforce the ban on alcohol consumption and the licensing restrictions on the sale of alcohol, following the riots in Little India on Dec 8.

In the first case, police came across a man carrying a can of unopened beer along Chander Road at 12.46am on Sunday .

The man told the officers that he had purchased the can of beer from a shop along Chander Road. The beer was seized as a case exhibit and the subject's particulars were recorded to assist with follow-up investigations.

Preliminary investigations by the police revealed that the shop owner was believed to have sold the beer during the stipulated hours for the suspension of the sale of alcohol.

In the second incident at 12.50am, an eatery at Jalan Besar was found to be serving alcohol, when it did not have a valid licence for the sale of liquor. Police also seized the liquor found in the store.

In a statement by the Singapore Police Force, it said strong action will be taken against the parties.

The outlets may be charged in court under Section 71(1) of the Customs Act, Cap 70, for selling intoxicating liquors without a valid licence. The police will also be suspending the licence of the shop along Chander Road shop until the court case is concluded.

The police added that a person was also found drinking alcohol within the area over the weekend. He complied with the police warning to stop and the alcohol in his possession was seized. He will be issued with a police advisory.

Liquor licence holders in Little India can expect stringent compliance checks to continue, said police. It would like to remind all licensees to comply fully with the restrictions imposed on the sale of alcohol in Little India. Those who fail to do so can expect tough licensing sanctions, in addition to being dealt with to the full extent of the law.

candicec@sph.com.sg

 

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