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Restaurant manager, staff booked for serving soft drink laced with liquor

HT correspondent, Hindustan Times  Jalandhar, March 18, 2014
First Published: 23:20 IST(18/3/2014) | Last Updated: 23:22 IST(18/3/2014)

The police have booked the manager and staff of Down Town Restaurant on the complaint of a doctor for allegedly serving his daughter soft drink laced with liquor on Monday.

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Harprit Singh, a doctor with Orthonova Hospital, had filed a complaint on 181 helpline that his 16-year-old daughter had gone to party at Down Town at Makhdumpura on Monday.

Singh said the host along with his parents, restaurant manager and staff deliberately served his daughter soft drink laced with liquor.

Singh further questioned as how a minor can be served liquor, adding that many youngsters were found vomiting at the party.

A case under sections 328 (causing hurt by means of poison with intent to commit an offence) and 34 (acts done by several persons in furtherance of common intention) was registered.

Some sections of the Excise Act were also added.

Singh demanded that the manager, staff and the party host be immediately arrested and liquor license of the restaurant should be cancelled.

He also demanded that CCTV footage of the party should be checked and culprits should be put behind bars.

The police have arrested two persons — bar captain Madan Singh and waiter Bhairon Dutt. Three more persons are yet to be arrested.

Division-4 police station SHO Sumit Sood said investigations were on in the case. Assistant commissioner of police (central) Dev Dutt Sharma said he was not part of investigation team and could not reveal anything.

DCP Rahul S said the CCTV footage has been recovered from the restaurant and is yet to be examined.

Meanwhile, Dr Singh told HT that the boys and their families had felt "sorry" for the incident at the restaurant and he had withdrawn the complaint.

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