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Cops discover secret tunnel in kitchen during bar raid

Raiding an Andheri bar on Thursday, police chance upon a secret tunnel in its kitchen which was used as a getaway route to help sex workers escape whenever cops came calling. Vijay Bate brings you their modus operandi

Hotels and inns which act as fronts for sex trade rackets seem to be raising the bar in devising crafty escape routes for their workers.

Though the bar girls were nowhere to be found, cops stumbled upon a bell fitted in an indistinct corner, which raised their suspicion. This bell was used by the bar workers to raise the alarm, alerting bar girls to make a quick exit whenever the cops came by


The Social Service Branch officers busted a sex trade racket, which had been flourishing in Ratna Park Bar,  Sahar Road, Andheri (East) last night, rescuing eight girls in the process.

The girls had been giving cops a run for their money in the last few raids conducted at the bar, as they had in place an ingenious getaway plan, requiring considerable acrobatic skills.

Though the bar girls were nowhere to be found, cops stumbled upon a bell fitted in an indistinct corner, which raised their suspicion. This bell was used by the bar workers to raise the alarm, alerting bar girls to make a quick exit whenever the cops came by


"The bar owners had made a tunnel leading from a kitchen compartment. This led the girls away from the bar and into a chawl," said Vasant Dhobale, assistant commissioner of police.

"The girls managed to escape every time the raid was carried out. But this time we ransacked the premises for four hours in a row, and finally found the girls hiding behind the kitchen compartments, trying to flee," he added.

Though the bar girls were nowhere to be found, cops stumbled upon a bell fitted in an indistinct corner, which raised their suspicion. This bell was used by the bar workers to raise the alarm, alerting bar girls to make a quick exit whenever the cops came by


Along with the eight girls, cops arrested bar workers Rohit Shetty, Shrikant Patil, Raju Deshmukh, Uday Shetty and Mohan Kumar Ghouda alias Chottu.

Girls walk out of the bar after cops of the SS branch swooped in on Ratna Park Bar in Andheri on Thursday night. Pics/Vijay Bate

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