Pune: More than 51 people including women, IT professionals and students of a reputed Vimannagar-based college were detained for consuming hookah at a city hotel.
Additional commissioner of police (North region) Prakash Mutiyal had received a tip off about an eatery being open till wee hours of morning. Acting on a tip off, the team led by Bhosari police senior inspector CD Bhosale and a sub-inspector raided ‘Dhuva - the Kabab Hut’ situated at Royal Tower Terrace that falls under the Airport police jurisdiction.PI J S Pathan of Mundhwa police said that they have seized Rs47,840 along with liqour, materials for hookah worth of Rs 14,000. “The hotel doesn’t have any license and is being run illegally. Hotels have a maximum deadline of 12.30am, but this hotel was operating till 3 am,” Pathan added.
The hotel is owned by Nitesh Baban Tupe (27), a resident of Hadapsar. The case has been registered with Airport police station under the relevant sections of Indian Penal Code and also under the relevant sections of Cigarette and Other Tobacco Product Act and Maharashtra Police Act. The raid took place around 3.15 am on Sunday in which 39 persons detained were students from Kothrud-based college, IT professionals including nine girls while 12 people were staffs workers and owners of the place.
Additional commissioner of police (North region) Prakash Mutiyal said, “Some social worker had approached me and to verify the facts, a special team was pressed on duty. After the team confirmed the illegal act, we raided the premises. We did not want the local police to be involved in it and for the fair probe, the complaint has been registered with Airport police station and the case will be investigated by the Mundhwa police.”
Deputy commissioner of police (Zone IV) Manoj Patil said, “On Sunday, 51 detained persons underwent a medical examinations at Sassoon General Hospital. During medical examination, some of the youths were found sleeping while police were interacting with them. After their medical check-up all were produced before the court of judicial magistrate (First Class) and have been granted bail after furnishing solvent security of Rs 2,000 each. Meanwhile, inspector in-charge of Airport police station Dilip Naukudkar said, “In the last three months, we have registered four complaints against the same hotel.”