Discotheques in the city don’t maintain the visitors’ register properly, don’t check identity proofs and note down mobile numbers of the visitors and do serve drinks to minors — these are some of the irregularities detected by the police during inspections on Wednesday night.
Police said that they had conducted raids at Buzz discotheque in Sector 17 and Score in Sector 8 to find out whether or not they were following the guidelines issued by the police to them.
Police said three girls and two boys were rounded up from Sector 17 disco and their medical examination was conducted as prima facie they seemed under the influence of liquor. Four youths, including a girl, were picked up from Score discotheque and taken to Government Multi Specialty Hospital (GMSH), Sector 16, for medical examination and they were found in an inebriated condition. The police said they did not carry their identity cards and have been asked to produce them to verify their age.
A senior police official said disco staffers were not supposed to serve drinks to minors and action as per law will be taken against them if found ignoring this.
DSP(central) Satish Kumar said that they would try to get orders from the administration to make it mandatory for discotheques to collect photocopy of a valid identity document from the visitor. This will come handy to identify and nab someone for creating nuisance.
After firing at Score discotheque in Sector 8 on the night intervening May 31 and June1, the police on June 3 had organised a meet of disco owners, directing them to collect I-cards and mobile numbers of visitors. During investigations into the firing, the police had found that the mobile numbers mentioned in the entry register were not genuine. Four youths had fired discriminately outside Score discotheque, in which three people were injured.
Even the Punjab and Haryana High Court had pulled up the UT administration for poor law-and-order situation, especially during nights around night clubs. The court sought a reply from the UT administration on whether there were any guidelines for running discotheques in the city. The matter would be heard on November 6.
On the night intervening May 31 and June1, four youths fired indiscriminately outside Score discotheque in Sector 8, in which three people, including a girl, were injured.
On January 19, a bouncer was injured after three Ludhiana residents opened fire at him outside a nightclub, Buzz, at about 2am.
A 30-year-old man of Sector 38, Deepak Saini, was critically injured after a group of youths opened fire at him outside Amar Hotel in Sector 22 on October 24 night. Deepak was returning home with his girlfriend in a jeep after attending a party at Score discotheque in Sector 8.