Women lead bar ban squad in Panvel
NGO meets top cops to urge them to shift bars from within city limits in Panvel
WOMEN residents of Panvel, Navi Mumbai, met two top cops yesterday, requesting them to shift liquor bars located within city limits. The women, members of the NGO Aapla Aadhar Foundation, submitted a memorandum to the DCP (Zone 2) and the ACP (Panvel) complaining that several bars were located near residential societies. The memorandum has signatures of Panvel residents supporting the cause. The group offered flowers to the cops to persuade them to heed their complaints.
The letter alleged that bars in Panvel were flouting government norms that require them to operate with certain riders. Some of the bars named are Suncity, Jagdamba, Maharaja, Sunny and Chanakya. NGO chief Keval Mahadik said, “These bars are located near religious places. Also, the presence of drunk people on the streets makes it truly unsafe for women.”
“There are too many children, senior citizens and impressionable teenagers in these areas. The Centre has banned liquor outlets on the highway. It should also ban bars in residential societies,” said Rajshree Nimbalkar, a member of the NGO. PAWAR immediately switched to his deaf-mute avatar, pretending not to understand what police personnel from GRP Thane were saying.
Senior police inspector (GRP, Thane) Uttam Sonawane said they did not believe for a moment that Pawar was deafmute and questioned him for hours. When he did not break, they called his family to the police station. When they brought his wife before him and asked her if he had a disability, she was surprised. Pawar immediately gave up his act and confessed to the robberies, Sonawane said. The police have recovered R4.5 lakh worth of gold ornaments,