Liquor party at Pune's Maya Lounge held without permit, say cops
The Pune rural police on Monday said Maya Restaurant-cum-Lounge at Wagholi that was raided on Sunday did not have the necessary permit for the liquor party. On the other hand, some of the youngsters, who were booked for illegal consumption of alcohol during the party, claimed that cops harassed them during the raid. They added they they would file complaints with the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) and the National Commission for Women (NCW) against the police.
Police had arrested four party organisers on Sunday. On Monday, police arrested one Venkateshchinnaya Punnaganti on whose name the liquor permit for the party was taken from the state excise department. Cops produced all five persons at the court on Monday which remanded them in police custody till September 6.
Police have also booked Anjali Nirmall, the owner of Maya RLC and wife of assistant inspector Rajnish Nirmall attached to Anti Terrorism Squad (ATS).
Assistant Police Inspector S B Ghorpade of Crime Branch, Pune rural police, who is also the investigation officer, told the court that Anjali and DJ Kaz alias A Sayyed Qasim Chijmai are absconding.
At a press conference, Zara, who was booked by the cops, said the cops slapped her and misbehaved with other women. "I was searching for a shoe that I had lost in the commotion. But when I found it and was about to pick it up, a male police officer pushed me and called a woman police officer who slapped me so hard that I fell on the ground," she said.
Additional Superintendent of Police Vijaykumar Magar said, "A team of over 10 female cops along with Deputy Superintendent Vaishali Kadukar were present at the spot during the raid. No cop misbehaved with any lady. Even during medical check up of women, a team of female doctors was called."
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