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Police crackdown: Party-goers in a quandary

Saturday, 8 December 2012 - 4:41pm IST | Place: Pune | Agency: dna

Some have decided to celebrate the New Year at home, while others say they will have a blast outdoor.

The fear of a possible crackdown by cops may have put the party organisers on the back foot, but the party-goers in Pune, it seems, are in two minds about their possible plans for the New Year’s eve. While some have decided to not to venture out for partying, others are in the mood to let their hair down and have the proverbial ‘blast’.

The expose of the infamous Chillar Party and the raid on the Maya Lounge in Wagholi had caused a lot of hue and cry in the city. While the police had claimed they had acted within the ambit of the law, the party goers had criticised what they had called the high handiness of the cops.

BPO employee Ashley Lazarus, said he would not be partying on the new year’s eve. “I do not feel safe to party in Pune any more. To be honest, I am scared that the cops will launch a massive crackdown on the new year’s eve,” he said.

Lazarus added that the images and stories of the alleged ill-treatment meted out to the party goers in Maya Lounge have played a major part in making up his mind.

While the fear of cops, it seems, is looming large over the psyche of many, some of the bravehearts said they would continue to party. Software professional Rohan Dahibhate said he would party on the New Year’s eve. “The authorities should understand that the new year’s eve is a special occasion and people must have their quota of fun,” he said. Rohan, however, said that he would be partying but responsibly. ‘’

Meanwhile, media professional Vilas Bade admitted that while a large section of the people would be away from the partying circuits, many would have parties at their residence. Bade, who will party at his home, said it gives him both the privilege to party sans the issues of a possible confrontation with the law.

Youngster Nitin Kamdar, was of the opinion, the recent hue and cry created over the police action on the party goers, must have been an eye opener for them. “I think after the recent events, cops must have understood how to behave with the youth and how to handle such situations,” he said.

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