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Operation Thirst: 1,371 arrested for selling unauthorised drinking water in Indian Railways

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Operation Thirst: 1,371 arrested for selling unauthorised drinking water in Indian Railways

Indian Railway started Operation Thirst, an all India drive to crackdown the selling of unauthorised packaged drinking water.

As many as 1,371 people were arrested and over 69,294 bottles were seized by the Railway Protection Force (RPF) under 'Operation Thirst', an all India drive to crackdown the selling of unauthorised packaged drinking water here.

According to RPF, the operation was launched in all major railway stations across the country to curb the menace of unauthorised packaged drinking water on railway stations.

"During the operation, which was carried out on July 8 and 9, a total fine of Rs 6,80,855 has been realised from these offenders. Four pantry car managers involved in the selling of spurious mineral water were also arrested," an official statement said.

Stalls on platforms were also found selling packaged drinking water bottles of brands which are not authorised by the Indian Railways, it added.

The bottles were seized under the sections of 144 and 153 of the Railway Act.

Further investigation is underway.

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