Delhi nightclub holds secret party amid COVID crisis, invites selected members via WhatsApp; 31 arrested
New Delhi | Jagran News Desk: Amid the coronavirus pandemic when practising social distancing is highly recommended by the government, and due to which activities related to public gatherings are banned, the Delhi police on Tuesday night apprehended at least 31 people, including seven women for partying in a club in Delhi’s Paschim Vihar.
According to a report by Times of India, the police not only found people partying their but the club owners are also serving them liquor and hookah, that are banned in view of the coronavirus pandemic. The report further stated that the club named ‘Playgue’ was running as a restaurant with a takeaway facility on the outside.
The police got informed about the party when cars parked outside the club led to traffic congestion on the road. The police reached the spot only to found that the dance floor of the club was operational and all tables are occupied with guests smoking and drinking, the Times of India report said.
The police seized seven bottles and four quarters of liquor of different brands. Along with this 77 beer bottles and eight hookahs were also seized by the police.
“We have sealed the club and will conduct a Covid-19 test on all the visitors. If any of them are found positive, they will be booked for additional violations under various sections of IPC,” said a police officer, as quoted by Times of India.
The owners of the club, who were also present at the party, were booked under IPC Section 188 (violation of government order), and under various sections of Excise Act, Epidemic Diseases Act, Disaster Management Act and Cigarettes and Other Tobacco Products Act.
According to the report, the police later also found out that the club did not have a license to serve liquor to the guests.
During the interrogation, one of the guests at the party told police that the club owners had formed a WhatsApp group of the customers who have visited them earlier. They posted a message on the group on Monday informing about the party for selected members. The cops also found reserved liquor bottles to be served to the customers.
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