A TEAM of different departments led by the district administration officials on Sunday raided Sargam Cinema Hall and found that 117 additional seats were put up by blocking exit and alleys. The cinema hall was later sealed.
Other irregularities regarding fire safety and parking arrangement were also found. Cases are being registered under various sections of Cinematograph Act.
A team comprising officials of District Administration, Excise Department, Bhopal Municipal Corporation (BMC) and police raided Sargam Talkies in MP Nagar locality this evening and carried out thorough inspection of the cinema hall. The hall is owned by Rajesh, Raju and Manan Chotrani.
The raid is likely to have been triggered of after a senior police officer had altercation with managers of the cinema hall, which is screening the latest release ‘Lage Raho Munnabhai’. The official in question complained to district collector S K Mishra, following which a team of officials led by additional collector Vaid Prakash raided the hall.
Officials found that 117 additional chairs were put up inside the cinema hall. Of these, the cinema hall owner had not deposited tax of 37 additional seats thus causing a loss to State Government revenues. These additional chairs were also blocking the exit for people sitting on fixed chairs and in case of an accident, this could have created the problems.
BMC officials also found sand bucket kept for the fire safety were full of garbage and fire extinguishers were non-functional. The officials also found parking was creating traffic chaos and police will be taking separate action in this regard.
Excise Department officials said that they will forward the case to the district collector for further action. Officials said permission was not granted for putting up additional seats.