Nerul pub raided; 203 men found smoking hookah

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Establishment will be penalised for operating without permission and violating pandemic rules, say officials

The Anti-Narcotics Cell (ANC) of Navi Mumbai Police raided a pub in Nerul on Saturday night at found 203 men smoking hookah. Establishment will be penalised for operating without permission and violating pandemic rules, say officialsThe police said the party was arranged via social media, which they were monitoring. The accused had gathered at a congested place, were partying without following any Covid-19 social-distancing norms.

“We raided Palm Atlantis Pub at Hawre Mall in Nerul and found that 203 men were drinking and smoking hookah without following any social distancing norms.They were also dancing to music,”‘ said Ravindra Budhawant, senior police inspector of ANC, Navi Mumbai Police.

The police have booked the accused and registered non-cognisable offences against them. The owner of the pub, Nikunj Savla, and 27 members of his staff have been booked under The Cigarettes and Other Tobacco Products Act, 2003 and also under the lockdown violations sections of IPC.

The police said the state excise department has also taken action against the pub as the pubs have still not been granted permission to run and play music. It will also be punished for violating the Covid-19 regulations.

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