Po­lice turn up the heat on liquor dens, ar­rest 35

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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.

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