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New Year’s drunken drive

Out of the 200 booked, 50 of them were from Lucknow and 70 from Kanpur

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On New Year, more than 200 people were booked by the police for drunken driving in Uttar Pradesh. All the drivers booked were under the influence of alcohol and were driving at very high speed.

Out of the 200 booked, 50 of them were from Lucknow and 70 from Kanpur. Others were booked in Allahabad, Agra and Varanasi.

Most of those booked were returning from parties and were intercepted by the police armed with breath analysers stationed at major traffic points.

In Kanpur’s Lajpatnagar, police had to resort to cane charge on a group of revellers after midnight when they were creating ruckus outside a local eatery.

Most of them were drunk and were trying to gate crash the restaurant for liquor and food though the place was full, an official said.

There were clear instructions from the Additional Director General of Police (Law and Order) Anand Singh that drunken driving would not be tolerated.

In a New Year’s eve missive Singh had directed district police chiefs to crack down on such lumpen behaviour.

The New Year was, however, celebrated with abandon and traditional gaiety at most places in the state as families went out for dinners and parties organised by major hotels, clubs, discotheques and pubs. (IANS)

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