On India’s 65th Independence Day Pradeep Bhatia, a resident of Mira- Bhayander in Mumbai, found a country liquor bar running in his locality under the garb of a tea stall.
Being a dry day, Saroj Tea Shop was flooded with people from the vicinity and surprisingly many police officers were spotted too. Ironically the tea shop is right next to the Kashimira Police station. Bhatia turned Citizen Jounalist and took pictures and videos of the illegal bar. He then informed the police and filed an FIR. The police officers on duty expressed ignorance about the existence of a bar next door.
Three days after the incident, Bhatia went back to the tea stall — this time with a CNN IBN team— to see if the police had taken any action, but found the tea stall still selling country liquor. The team asked the manager to show the liquor licence, but he fled. The shop was hastily locked down by the owners, with some customers still inside.
Bhatia then went to Kashimira Police station to question the senior inspector Anil Patil on the issue. They showed the officers the footage of the illegal liquor being sold.
A reluctant Patil sent his men to inspect the tea shop. The officers broke open the lock and barged into the stall and seized crates of beer and numerous boxes of country liquor. The seized bottles and cans were taken to the police station, and the inspector took three people into custody.
A CNN-IBN and Hindustan Times initiative