Police turn up the heat on liquor dens, arrest 35
After turning up the heat on the gambling dens in the city, the police have now turned their attention to those consuming liquor near Chinese food stalls and areas outside wine shops. It has started booking such people and also those selling them the liquor.
This week, police has taken action against 35 people in two raids.
Police have started a special drive to shut illegal businesses. Since taking charge, deputy commissioner of police (zone I) Shahji Umap has formed a special squad to curb the menace of gambling and matka dens.
In recent times, people brazenly consuming alcohol outside a large number of beer and wine shops has become a common sight in the city.
Following complaints by the residents, police have taken up the drive.
In the past two weeks, a total of 35 persons have been arrested under the drive.
The action has led to several shops putting up signboards asking patrons not to drink in front of the shop, but still a number of people continue to drink in the area.
In Nerul, Shiravane, Juhugaon, Kopar Khairane, Ghansoli and other areas, consumption of alcohol at several Chinese food stalls has become a norm.
Mahesh Prabhu, a social worker f rom Ner ul, s aid, “There are complaints from the areas of Nerul railway station, APMC and other such places.
Complaints to t he ef f ect have been made to the police commissioner and other senior police officials by social workers asking f or action against t hose who protect such shops.”
“The wine shops have the licence to sell alcohol. However, several have constructed sheds outside their establishments and provided space to people to drink there. It is illegal to consume alcohol in the open,” said Shahji Umap.