Matunga dance bar un­der fire for in­hu­mane treat­ment of bar­girls

Mid Day - - CITY - ANURAG KAMBLE anurag.kamble@mid-day.com

THE man­age­ment of Tan­door dance bar in Matunga is feel­ing the heat af­ter the po­lice res­cued 13 bar­girls, nine of whom were found semi-con­scious af­ter be­ing crammed into a tiny cav­ity be­hind a bath­room. Po­lice said had they not found the cav­ity in time, the girls could have suf­fo­cated to death. The Shivaji Park po­lice have booked the man­ager for at­tempted cul­pa­ble homi­cide.

“Nine of the girls were stuffed into a con­gested room with­out ven­ti­la­tion. Had our team not reached in time, it could have been dan­ger­ous for them,” said As­sis­tant Com­mis­sioner Of Po­lice (Dadar Di­vi­sion) Ra­jen­dra Cha­van.

On Septem­ber 8, ACP Cha­van was tipped off that bar girls were danc­ing vul­garly at Tan­door Bar and Restau­rant. A team from the Dadar and Shivaji Park po­lice was sent to raid the bar. First, around 11 pm, a scout was sent to check the facts, and he con­firmed it. The team barged into the bar and found one girl danc­ing for a cus­tomer. The scout told the cops that he had seen more girls, so a search op­er­a­tion was car­ried out.

Se­cret rooms

“We found a lad­der go­ing up from the kitchen. Up­stairs, we res­cued three girls from a 8x12 ft room. An­other team found a make-up room ad­ja­cent to the main hall, with an at­tached bath­room. One of the cops knocked on the bath­room tiles and heard a hol­low sound,” said an of­fi­cer from the team. “When we tried to push the hol­low tiles, we heard girls scream­ing,” added the of­fi­cer.

The po­lice found a se­cret 3x15 ft un­ven­ti­lated cav­ity into which nine girls had been stuffed. “They were all drenched in sweat and gasp­ing for breath. Some of them were in semi-con­scious state. Had we not reached there in time, some could have died of suf­fo­ca­tion,” said an­other of­fi­cer.

The po­lice booked the man­ager Uday Shetty, 38, along with the wait­ers and cus­tomers. They all have been sent to ju­di­cial cus­tody. Fur­ther in­ves­ti­ga­tion re­vealed that the bar is owned by one Suku­mar Shetty, who had handed over day-to-day op­er­a­tions to one Di­nesh Shetty. The cops will in­ves­ti­gate their role too. Con­spic­u­ous by his ab­sence was charis­matic Rishi Kapoor, a staunch Ganesh-bhakt. He has his own Gana­p­ati idol at his Pali Hill home. Rishi said, “Un­for­tu­nately, owing to some prior com­mit­ment, I just could not A sen­ti­men­tal Rand­hir said, “As long as the stu­dios are there, the cer­e­mony will ex­ist, When­ever we shift to an­other lo­ca­tion and of­fice premises, the an­nual Ganeshot­sav tra­di­tion will con­tinue. We share a di­vine bond­ing with Lord Gane­sha. We were com­pelled to sell the stu­dios, as we were in­cur­ring huge losses. Es­pe­cially af­ter the dev­as­tat­ing fire that broke out at RK, it was just not eco­nom­i­cally vi­able to re­con­struct it. Film folk were also re­luc­tant to travel all the way to Chem­bur,” he fin­ished.

Nine of the girls were crammed into a dank, win­dow­less cav­ity be­hind the bath­room

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