Indore: Now, cops promise truly happy hours in city bars
Raise a toast and enjoy the spirits. From now on, police will not unnecessarily enter bars, frisk customers and leave them uncomfortable.indore Updated: Jul 22, 2016 18:44 IST
Raise a toast and enjoy the spirits. From now on, police will not unnecessarily enter bars, frisk customers and leave them uncomfortable.
Instead, a WhatsApp group, ‘Bars and Restaurants’, of bar owners will alert and update police about any untoward incident.
‘Why should police enter a bar if no criminal activity is going on?’
“The aim is to save time of police and also to not affect the ‘dignity’ of customers who enjoy drinks at a bar. Why should police enter if no criminal activity is going on? A bar owner is responsible if the closing time is not observed,” Additional Superintendent of Police, East Indore, Rakesh Kumar Singh said.
“So, we made a WhatsApp group through which bar owners will inform the time when they down shutters. And if a bar is found open, then licence will be cancelled.”
Launched about 15 days ago, the WhatsApp group has bar owners from east Indore as its members. Indore has more than 100 bars, including those in five-star hotels. A majority of them are located in east Indore.
“It will be extended to the whole city and every bar owner will have to follow the rule,” a senior police officer said.
Bar owners will have to submit CCTV recording every week to the beat in-charge.
According to rules, bars have to close at midnight but often police entered bars an hour before for ‘checks’, leaving customers at unease.
“If a person is having a glass of wine quietly in a bar, it is not illegal. Then why he should be questioned or looked at as if it is a crime? Now only if we suspect that a bar is open way past midnight, then we will enter and take action against the bar owner,” a senior police officer said.