Actor Ram fined Rs 200 for 'smoking' in public place

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The young actor was 'found smoking' at the venue of the shooting
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Tollywood actor Ram Pothineni was on Monday slapped with a fine of Rs 200 by the police for allegedly smoking in a public place in Hyderabad near the historic Charminar during a break in shooting for a new film.

The young actor, who has acted in several Telugu films, was "found smoking" at the venue of the shooting for his upcoming film iSmart Shankar during a break, police said.

A police official, who issued the challan, said smoking in public place was banned under the Cigarettes and Other Tobacco Products Act (COPTA), 2003.

A challan for a spot fine of Rs 200 was served on him and the film's production manager later paid the fine, the official said.

Police had earlier this year launched a drive against smoking in public places and had been issuing challans against those found violating the rule.

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