Today morning Republic TV reported that Mumbai Police, in the wee hours of Tuesday - at around 2:30 am - conducted a raid at the Dragonfly Club located in Andheri's JW Marriott hotel. Celebrities like Sussanne Khan and singer Guru Randhawa, along with Indian cricketer Suresh Raina, were booked. However, another report in Pune Times suggested that Guru Randhawa and Suresh Raina were out on bail. Now Vishwas Nangre Patil, who is the Joint CP Of Law and Order spoke to the media about it.
Vishwas Nangre Patil told the Media, "In view of this new strain of COVID-19, Maharashtra Government has imposed prescribed timings for pubs, discos and night establishments. Yesterday around 3 am in the night 27 customers and 7 management people were arrested. Under section 188 of the disaster management act and 33 W of the Mumbai Police Act. The females were released with 41 D notice whereas other male customers were arrested and later bailed out. Action is underway on the management team by Mumbai Police. So basically given COVID Mumbai Police had raided to stop the illegal activity". ALSO READ: Mumbai Police Books Guru Randhawa, Suresh Raina And Sussanne Khan Amid A Midnight Nightclub Raid For Not Following COVID-19 Guidelines - Report
When media reporters quizzed him for the celebrities' involvement in the matter, Patil said, "It's not a matter of drugs or rave parties. They were caught drinking late at night at a pub which wasn't allowed. So I would refrain from taking names". Also added, "What celebrity? I don't know the definition of celebrity". ALSO READ: Suresh Raina's Team Issues Statement After His Bail, 'He Was Not Aware Of Local Timings And Protocols, Regrets Unfortunate And Unintentional Incident'
The earlier official statement issued by the Mumbai Police on this matter read, "offense has been registered u/s 188, 269, 34 IPC and u/s 51 NDMA against 34 persons at Sahar police station after a raid was conducted at 2.50 AM at Dragonfly pub, for keeping establishment open beyond the permissible time limit, not following Covid norms such as social distancing, not wearing a face mask."
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