Six city bars likely to lose licence
The tax and excise department, Gurgaon, has written to its head office recommending the cancellation of licences of all six bars on the third floor of Sahara Mall.india Updated: Aug 04, 2011 00:16 IST
The tax and excise department, Gurgaon, has written to its head office recommending the cancellation of licences of all six bars on the third floor of Sahara Mall.
The development took place on Wednesday when a team of municipal councillors, led by the mayor, gate-crashed into the office of deputy excise and taxation commissioner (DETC), demanding the cancellation of licences of bars in the mall where a group of bouncers had assaulted 10 youths on Saturday.
DETC HB Sharma in a letter to the excise and taxation commissioner Anurag Rastogi said following the demand of the councillors from ward No 33, 34 and 35, mayor Vimal Yadav and NGOs about the closure of bars in Sahara Mall, it was recommended to shut down the bars. He mentioned the names of six bars including Ignite, Prison and Last Chance whose bouncers' name figured in the FIR filed in the DLF City police station.
"The decision to cancel the bar licences is taken by the commissioner," Sharma said.
"We want a safe society and these bouncers and pubs are a threat to it. The excise department should cancel their licences," said RS Rathee, president, Gurgaon citizens' council. The DLF City police had registered a case of rioting and attempt to murder against the pub owner and the bouncers.
However, only three bouncers have been arrested. Earlier, the police arrested two bouncers and the owner of Ignite Club.
"This is not the first such case in Sahara Mall. Such bouncers are a threat to customers. We are of the opinion that the licences of these nightclubs should be cancelled with immediate effect," said MCG mayor Vimal Yadav.