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Sep 04, 2012 at 10:24am IST

Pune: Police raid a party, face criticism

Pune: Over 300 people, mostly students, were detained in a party where alcohol was allegedly being served without a permit in Pune. But the police is being criticised for indulging in moral policing.

A weekend party at Maya restaurant and lounge on the outskirts of Pune city was raided by the police on Sunday because the organisers allegedly did not have permission to serve alcohol beyond 11 pm. Of the 300 detained, most of them were students, IT professionals and foreign nationals. Many among those say this is simply a case of moral policing.

The raid comes after locals allegedly complained about loud music and indecent behaviour at the bar which is owned by ATS officer Rajnish Nirmal's wife Anjali.

Businessman Tehseen Poonawala said, "It's moral policing by the cops, they can't do anything else so target these boys. We will go to the NHRC against the police."

Several young Punekars echo that sentiment and draw parallels with controversial Mumai ACP Vasant Dhoble's crackdown on the night clubs in the maximum city.

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