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

The young actor was 'found smoking' at the venue of the shooting

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.