Women lead bar ban squad in Pan­vel

NGO meets top cops to urge them to shift bars from within city lim­its in Pan­vel

Mid Day - - CITY - FAISAL TANDEL faisal.tandel@mid-day.com

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,

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