Nerul hookah parlour raided; 230 people booked for violating COVID-19 norms
Thane: A hookah parlour in Navi Mumbai's Nerul area was raided and a case was registered against 230 people for flouting COVID-19 norms, a police official said on...
- Rahul Chugh
- Nov 11, 2020
Thane: A hookah parlour in Navi Mumbai's Nerul area was raided and a case was registered against 230 people for flouting COVID-19 norms, a police official said on Sunday.
The hookah parlour was allegedly being operated illegally. Acting on a tip-off, the police raided the hookah parlour late on Saturday night and found 203 customers drinking and smoking hookahs, Navi Mumbai's Deputy Commissioner of Police (crime) Pravin Patil informed.
A case was then registered against all the 203 customers and 27 staff members under various sections of the Indian Penal Code, the Epidemic Diseases Act, the National Disaster Management Act and the Cigarettes and Other Tobacco Products Act.
No arrests have been made so far related to the incident.
This was not the first such incident in the city when COVID-19 guidelines were being violated. On November 1, the Mumbai Police arrested 196 people from a bar and a pub operating in the Sakinaka area of Andheri.
The accused were booked under various sections including Indian Penal Code sections 188 (disobeying order duly promulgated by public servant).
The Maharashtra government has eased several COVID-19 restrictions under its 'Mission Begin Again'. However, restaurants and bars have been allowed to operate at only 50 per cent of their existing seating capacity.
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