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Check drug use, women harassment or lose licences: Mumbai cops tell pubs

Mumbai police commissioner said the licence of establishments such as pubs, discotheques and night clubs will be cancelled permanently, if they come across instances of peddling or consumption of drugs.

mumbai Updated: Dec 27, 2014 17:20 IST
HT Correspondent

With pubs and discotheques in the city gearing up for the December 31 bash, the Mumbai police have issued stringent guidelines to the hospitality industry, especially to prevent instances of drug consumption and harassment of women.

Mumbai police commissioner Rakesh Maria said the licence of establishments such as pubs, discotheques and night clubs will be cancelled permanently, if they come across instances of peddling or consumption of drugs. The place of public entertainment licence to these establishments is issued by the police, in the absence of which they cannot function.

Dhananjay Kulkarni, spokesperson, Mumbai police, said, “According to the guidelines, the owners have been asked to keep their premises free from contraband, whether it falls under the category of scheduled or unscheduled drug under the Narcotics and Psychotropic Substances Act (NDPS). We have made it clear that no distinction will be made between categories of narcotics.”

The establishments have been asked to frisk patrons for drugs before allowing them in. The move assumes significance in the backdrop of an unprecedented spurt in the consumption and circulation of synthetic drug mephedrone, also known as m-cat or meow meow, in the city.

The drug has become a hit among youngsters, as produces an effect similar to MDMA or cocaine and is cheap. However, the drug does not fall under the NDPS and the police are finding it difficult to prevent its circulation in the absence of a law to regulate it.

Moreover, in the wake of the high court order, the police have asked the owners to have special security guards to prevent instances of harassment of women patrons. Security to women in areas around the establishment, too, will be the responsibility of the owners, Kulkarni said.

According to the directives, women employees working in the establishments after 6pm have to be escorted to their workplace in vehicles and dropped back home in a similar fashion.

They will not be allowed to work after 9.30pm, under the municipal corporation’s Shops and Establishments Act.