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Midnight raid on pubs in Pune for breaching deadline, running hookah dens

The police team found 12 pubs, including MacLaren’s Pub, Daily All Day, The Bar Stock Exchange, Ykee, Knight Riders, Night Sky, Westin, Penthouze Nightlife, Hard Rock, Oakwood Lounge, Blue Shack and JW Marriott, violating the norms.

pune Updated: Aug 13, 2018 18:39 IST
Shrinivas Deshpande
Shrinivas Deshpande
Hindustan Times, Pune
Pune,select pubs,breaking deadlines
The crime branch unit of the Pune police along with the economic offences wing (EOW) carried out raids at various pubs and hotels in the city. (HT PHOTO )

The crime branch unit of the Pune police along with the economic offences wing (EOW) carried out raids at various pubs and hotels in the city, including JW Marriott, SB road and Westin on Saturday night. Police filed cases against them for operating beyond the deadline and illegally running hookah joints.

Many pubs were found violating the 1:30 am deadline on Saturday.

The police team found 12 pubs, including MacLaren’s Pub, Daily All Day, The Bar Stock Exchange, Ykee, Knight Riders, Night Sky, Westin, Penthouze Nightlife, Hard Rock, Oakwood Lounge, Blue Shack and JW Marriott, violating the norms. The police team found that Oakwood Lounge and The Bar Stock Exchange were illegally running hookah parlours inside their premises, while the rest were operating beyond the deadline of 1.30 pm.

Bhanupratap Barge, assistant commissioner of police, said, “We conducted raids at various hotels and pubs in the city and found most of them operating beyond the deadline while some of the were illegally running hookah parlours. We have taken action against these pubs and hotels under relevant sections of the Bombay Police Act while hookah joints have been booked under the Cigarettes and Other Tobacco Products Act (COTPA).”

The COTPA Act prohibits smoking in public places and has made it mandatory for people in charge of public places, like bus stands, railway stations, parks, hotels and tea shops, to display ‘No Smoking’ boards on their premises.

According to Barge, around 5,000 to 6,000 boys and girls were present at various pubs when the police conducted the drive at around 1 am to 4 am.

The operation was carried out under the supervision of additional commissioner of police Pradip Deshpande, deputy commissioner of police Jyotipriya Singh and deputy commissioner of police Shirish Sardeshpande.

First Published: Aug 13, 2018 15:09 IST