Two days after LIV Club in the Kala Ghoda area of south Mumbai was raided by the police, they are yet to arrest the lawyer and the working partner of the club, who are at large after a case was registered against them.
They were booked for criminal intimidation and deterring a public servant from discharging his duty. Police officials stated arresting the two is on their priority list.
According to the police, advocate Archit Jaykar and Hrithik Bhasin argued with the MRA Marg police and helped 200 patrons, who were rounded up from the club on Friday night for unruly behaviour, leave the police station premises.
Ravindra Shisve, deputy commissioner of police (zone-1), said, “The duo is not traceable since the case has been registered, and we are primarily focusing on locating them.”
Shivse appealed to those who left the police station premises in the wee hours of Saturday to go to the police station to pay the fine, following which they would be let off. The police, however, stated they are concentrating on arresting the duo before focusing on the patrons, who were detained for aggressive behaviour and for not following police orders.
The officials also stated that they would take action against the duo in accordance with a circular issued recently by the police commissioner which advocates strict action, including cancellation of driving licenses and passports, against those who assault police personnel.
Krishna Prakash, additional commissioner of police (south region) said, “The club operating beyond the prescribed time limit came to light when the patrolling team spotted it. As a part of security measures on the occasion of Eid, policemen were patrolling the streets, and there was nothing wrong in the action taken. In the coming days, we would streamline bars and pubs by making it compulsory to make them put up CCTV cameras inside.”
The police have booked Jaykar and Bhasin under sections 353 (assault or criminal force to deter a public servant from discharging his duty), 506(2) (criminal intimidation) and 34 (common intention) of the IPC.