Cops raid hookah den

The Free Press Journal - - MUMBAI/STATE - STAFF RE­PORTER

The Navghar po­lice raided a no­to­ri­ous hookah par­lour on Thurs­day af­ter­noon. Fol­low­ing in­for­ma­tion about ne­far­i­ous ac­tiv­i­ties, a po­lice team led by Se­nior Po­lice In­spec­tor Ram E Bhals­ingh, swooped down on the hookah joint – Baithak and rounded up 14 peo­ple, in­clud­ing 10 staffers and 4 so­lic­it­ing cus­tomers.

Dozens of hookah par­lours which have sprung in the twin city that are vice dens and play host to lo­cals, es­pe­cially young­sters in­dulging in sub­stance abuse.

“We are act­ing against such il­le­gal­i­ties and will con­tinue to do so, how­ever in case of hookah joints, other con­cerned agen­cies have more pow­ers in their arse­nal to fight the bat­tle against tobacco. Sadly im­pos­ing rules does not seem to be a pri­or­ity for th­ese agen­cies, this de­spite of us pass­ing on in­for­ma­tion time to time.” said a po­lice of­fi­cer.

Mean­while, a case un­der the rel­e­vant sec­tions of the Con­trol of Tobacco Prod­ucts Act (COPTA) and the Bom­bay Po­lice Act has been reg­is­tered.

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