On the verge of the time to disco, the police played party poopers.
Early on Friday, the police busted a private party at a vacant commercial space on Link Road, Oshiwara.
Twenty-two people — including seven women, two eunuchs and five businessman — were arrested for being part of an obscene dance and inappropriate behaviour.
The scene they witnessed was steamy, said an official of the Amboli police station who was part of the raid.
Candlelight illuminated the room dimly. A few mattresses, pillows and bolsters lay strewn around beside bottles of liquor and colas. The rush of raunchy Bollywood numbers filled the place, the police said.
“There was indecent dance and behaviour going on inside the room,” said Assistant Commissioner of Police Dilip Suryavanshi.
The police recovered Rs 40,000 in cash and Rs 65 lakh in counterfeit notes. They named the owner of the commercial plot, Salim Sargoroh (35), as prime accused.
He is also the president and chairman of two human rights organisations.
Sargoroh, the police said, organised such parties for businessmen visiting the city.
The police got a tip-off that obscene dance and prostitution was happening at the flat.
Around 4.30 am, when the police reached the three-room shop the men in the audience were raining fake notes of Rs 1,000 denomination on the women and eunuchs.
These notes, the police said, were later exchanged for genuine notes — each fake note being equivalent to Rs 5 in genuine notes.
The five arrested businessmen told the police that they wanted to have some “entertainment for the night”.
Each of them was charged Rs 3,000 as entry fee. They have been booked under the Prevention of Immoral Trafficking Act and the IPC.
The police said they are on the lookout for Sargoroh’s accomplice, Gopi.