In what may be seen as an act of moral policing, the police raided a party at Koregaon Park on Saturday claiming that the organisers had not completed the legal formalities before organising the party.
The raid was carried out after Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC) corporator Avinash Bagwe along with NSUI leader Rahul Mhaske approached the Mundhwa police to ‘raid’ the party which was held by Submerge founded by VJ Nikhil Chinapa at a Penthouze, in Onyx Tower in Koregaon Park.
Chinapa cleared his stance on the social media, “Unfortunately there was some confusion at Penthouze in Pune on Saturday night. However, contrary to rumours, no arrests were made. Dash Berlin, his management and Submerge were asked to go with the authorities to check their visas. Everyone’s visas were checked and found to be in order. Dash Berlin was then free to go and is already in Delhi for his next show.”
Even Dash Berlin, ranked the seventh best DJ internationally, went on to tweet his side of the story, “Just to clarify, I was questioned by the police as they needed to check whether my work visa was valid, everything was fine and I was free to go.”
Meanwhile, senior inspector Vishwanath Ghanwat said, “An international DJ was performing. As per the norms, when an international DJ performs, permission should be taken from the state government’s home department. No such permission was taken but he had business visa passport. There was noise and we had to file a case against the party organisers under the provisions of Bombay Police Act.”