Odisha Sun Times Bureau
Bhubaneswar, Nov 4:
Under fire from all quarters, Commissionerate Police, in cooperation with the Excise Commission today formed a special squad to reign in dance bars in Odisha Capital.
This squad would primarily be engaged to keep a tab on various activities across all bars and pubs in Bhubaneswar. They have also been empowered to conduct surprise raids as and when required. Besides, the squad would look into the nature of job performed by female employees in the city bars.
“A joint squad comprising Commissionerate Police and Excise Commission personnel will conduct surprise raids on dance bars. We will take strong action against bars violating any existing norms as per law. We are also considering the legalities before taking a call on installation of CCTV cameras in the bars and on-shops,” said Police Commissioner Rajendra Prasad Sharma speaking about the methods police are taking to curb dance bars in the city.
There already are existing rules that mandates music to be stopped in bars by 10 PM and bars to be closed down by midnight. The squad would enforce it strictly.
Notably, the Excise Department had issued notice to six bars and restaurants for facilitating obscene dance. The bars, however, continued to facilitate dance by bar girls in a clear defiance to the orders of the department.
“As per rules, the license of the bar would be cancelled if irregularities are discovered more than three times. The Police Commissioner had recommended for cancellation of the license of these six bars. I am not sure about any action taken though. We have limited staff to conduct raids and checks. However, we are trying to do the best we can,” said Prabhat Behera, Excise Superintendent of Khurda district.
“We have clearly asked the police to shut down any erring bars. In case there is any specific allegation against a bar and they are caught with any wrongdoing, we will file a case against them and the police will take appropriate action,” said Excise Minister Damodar Rout.