Police officer Vasant Dhoble can't bust this party. He is being mocked on Twitter for his crackdown on Mumbai nightlife, and there is probably no law that can stop the flood of tweets against him.
Dhoble is assistant commissioner of police, social service branch. His critics call him a prude and a "moral cop" for raiding restaurants and pubs and closing them down for flouting rules.
Mumbai's nightlife has been dampened because of strict regulations like early closing hours, excessive red tape, outdated overcrowding rules and a raise last year in the minimum drinking age -- from 18 to 21 to buy beer and from 21 to 25 for spirits.
The city police's powers have increased because of these regulations, and Dhoble is keenly enforcing them.
"I will be able to register cases for immoral activities in each and every hotel. There is no single discotheque where there are no such activities taking place,” Dhoble told Hindustan Times in May. (Busted! City’s party scene)
Dhoble has angered Mumbaikars with comments on like that. On Tuesday, they had their revenge on him on Twitter. #Dhoble was the top trending topic but he will probably won't take pride in it. Here is a sample of tweets on Dhoble.
Ashwin Mushran @ashwinmushran
#DHOBLE likes beating up Mumbai citizens at night....He calls it a Night Club
Pritish Nandy @PritishNandy
Q: Do you think ACP Vasant Dhoble (charming guy) can attack us for being on twitter without a permit?
Mumbai folks better watch it: ACP Dhoble might put you behind bars for reading Omar Khayyam without licence at home...
I bet ACP Dhoble has claustrophobia. Makes ALL the sense in the world doesn't it.
Rishi Alwani @slackerninja
ACP Vasant Dhoble is to nightlife what Kapil Sibal is to the internet.
Comedy Central India @ComedyCentralIn
#IfIWasASpy I'd have the license to kill...Mumbai's nightlife - ACP Dhoble
Rajarshi Dutta @RD_justRD
ACP Vasant Dhoble must be the fierce competitor of ACP Pradyamun Of CID.
Ghanta Ram @GhantaaRam
I believe ACP Pradyumn can rule city better than Dhoble.
Sachin Joshi @sachin_joshi32
It seems that Dhoble is so jealous of people enjoying der life, hey ACP nobody forced u 2 join police, it's a free country get a life dude
Gareeb Chutkule @GareebChutkule
So all ACP Dhoble needs now is a shorter moustache. He's already heading the SS.
Dhoble's answer to his critics has always been that he plays by the rules. "We are not against any establishment’s business — whether it’s a pub, discotheque, orchestra bar, massage centre, beauty parlour or anything. But the younger generation is attracted to all these places, particularly discos. And they are in dangerous situations," he told Hindustan Times on May 18.