A raid on a bar in MIDC area in the wee hours of Sunday turned ugly when a senior police inspector was brutally beaten up by the bar staffers. The inspector, who is posted with the Crime Branch (CB) control has sustained grievous injuries and has been admitted to a private hospital. The MIDC police have registered a case of rioting against the hotel staff, including the owner of Night Lover bar and restaurant.
According to the police, senior police inspector Rakesh Sharma had received a tip-off from his reliable sources that flesh trade was going on at the restaurant. Following this, in a joint operation, around 15 officers in plain clothes from the Social Service Branch (SSB) and CB control of the city police entered Night Lover bar and restaurant at JB Nagar in Andheri (East).
After some time when the police realised that the tip-off was true, they decided to conduct a raid around 3am. But since the policemen were in plain clothes, the restaurant staff could not identify them and launched an attack, said the police.
“A fight broke out between the restaurant staff and policemen. The staff started beating the police party with hockey sticks due to which Sharma sustained a fracture in his leg and was admitted to Mukund hospital,” said inspector Mohan Waghmare of the MIDC police station.
After a 30-minute drama, the MIDC police were informed about the incident and they rushed to the restaurant. “We arrested around 50 people, including the bar owner, on charges of rioting.
The manager of the restaurant and a few others were booked under the Prevention of Immoral Trafficking Act, for preventing a government servant from discharging his duty, and under several sections of the Mumbai Police Act. Six girls were also rescued,” said Waghamre. The arrested persons will be produced in court on Monday.
The CB Control and the SSB were clipped from the crime branch by police commissioner Arup Patnaik, as, according to him, these branches had turned into money-making departments for the police. Officers from these two branches report directly to Patnaik, which was not the case earlier.
Although both these branches have started a sustained campaign against illegal gambling dens, bookies, fake babas and prostitution dens operating in the city, the purpose to keep them clean could not be achieved completely. On July 11, inspector Bhaskar Dhere, who was also attached to the CB control, was arrested by the Goregaon police for allegedly trying to extort money from a paan vendor.