Two days after a raid on drunks and couples behaving indecently at Aksa beach in Malad, the Mumbai police claimed the action was initiated following numerous complaints from the residents. Police officers said they have been lauded by the people for initiating the crackdown.
A police team from Malwani police station rounded up 64 persons, including 13 couples, from Aksa, Madh and Danapani beach fronts and collected Rs 76,800 as fine from them.
“There were several complaints from the residents about the menace of people getting drunk and misbehaving and couples behaving indecently. We acted against only those, who posed problem for people in the area. The 13 couples we charged were indulging in indecent behavior on the beach,” said Milind Khetle, senior inspector of Malwani police station.
The officials also raided three establishments, including guest houses and hotels in the area, and arrested three women under the charges of Prevention of Immoral Trafficking Act, for soliciting customers.
Some of the couples, who were detained, were allowed to go following after questioning.
The police refuted claims that they made the couples call their family members or detained them for undue reasons.
They added that the locals complimented their action, stating the same was need of the hour.