Bar own­ers in Kashimira go high-tech to hood­wink cops

The Free Press Journal - - MUMBAI/STATE - SURESH GOLANI

To hood­wink po­lice per­son­nel, some no­to­ri­ous bar own­ers in the Mira Road­Kashimira belt have de­vised new tech­niques to hide fe­male dancers and wait­resses us­ing in­no­va­tive means.

A seem­ingly rou­tine raid at Ho­tel Sea Magic, a ladies ser­vice orches­tra bar in Kashimira, turned into a mas­sive search op­er­a­tion for a team from the Thane (ru­ral) po­lice led by As­sis­tant SP Atul Kulka­rni on Thurs­day night.

Act­ing on a tip-off about vul­gar dance per­for­mances be­ing held un­der the guise of live orches­tra shows, the po­lice team raided the bar at around 11:30 pm on Thurs­day. The team res­cued six girls who were be­ing forced into the raunchy act.

Sus­pect­ing some­thing amiss, the team spent hours ex­am­in­ing every inch of the bar, and re­alised that one of the steel shelves in the bar-pantry was mounted on a por­tion of the wall that was ac­tu­ally a ce­ment door that could lead to a se­cret cham­ber, for the girls to hide in case of po­lice raids. In­ter­est­ingly, the au­to­mated door had a spe­cially de­signed lock­ing sys­tem at­tached to the elec­tri­cal cir­cuit board.

The po­lice res­cued three more girls who were found to be squeezed in ut­most in­hu­man con­di­tions in­side the se­cret com­part­ment that had been spe­cially cre­ated to serve as a hide­out.

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