Days after home minister RR Patil assured that senior officers would face action if a bar was found operating in their jurisdiction, the social service branch (SSB) of the police raided a bar and made several arrests late on Wednesday night. The bar, partly owned by a family member of Shiv Sena supremo, was earlier raided in March this year.
The sleuths raided Sangeet Bar at Santacruz at around 11.30 pm and arrested 12 bar girls and seven patrons, who were found indulging in “indecent” behaviour.
Vasant Dhoble, the assistant commissioner of police (SSB), said, “We learnt that some illegal activities were going on inside the bar.”
The bar was raided in March as well. During the course of investigation, name of Nihar Thackeray, grandson of Bal Thackeray, had cropped up. The police found that Nihar, son of Thackeray’s eldest son Binda, who died in a car crash in 1996, is also a owner of the bar. Probe in this matter is still on.
The police had forwarded a proposal to the police commissioner’s office, seeking cancellation of the bar’s licence, but it was returned citing some technical reasons. Sheela Sail, deputy police commissioner, said she was unaware about the latest raid. Sail said, “If the bar is functioning, then it means that the proposal to cancel its licence is in process.”