Pub and bar owners on MG Road, Gurgaon’s famous Mall Mile, have been crying foul over police action forcing them to down their shutters before the stipulated extended deadline of 2am.
On Saturday, the DLF City (Phase-2) police allegedly barged into pubs of MGF Mall forcing visitors to leave and owners to shutdown.
“As it was Republic Day, we were not allowed to sell drinks. But the excise department had permitted us to start service from midnight till 2am. Despite the permit, the police forced us to shutdown at 11.30pm,” said a pub owner, on condition of anonymity.
There are 24 such bars which have been permitted to operate for extra two hours beyond the midnight deadline, out of a total 220 in the city.
Pub owners claim they are being harassed unnecessarily.
An owner said, “Since the beginning of this year, the police have been harassing us. Why have we paid extra fees to the excise department for extended deadline if we cannot operate.”
Owners also claimed that pubs on MG Road which came under jurisdiction of the Sector-29 police were allowed to run till 2am.
Another pub owner said, “Why should there be discrimination. We will soon protest against the police for being partial.” Due to increase in police presence, footfall has decreased in city malls this year.
SHO of the DLF City Phase 2, Inspector Jagdish Prasad said, “Directions have been issued by senior police officials and we have to be strict with the timings to avoid pub brawls.” Senior officials refused to comment.