Home Minister RR Patil on Saturday promised stringent action against Navi Mumbai police officials who did not take action against a dance bar in Panvel, forcing state DGP Sanjeev Dayal to ask the Thane police to step in.
The Thane police had on Thursday night raided the Kapal bar on the old Mumbai-Goa highway and rescued 89 women including 32 minor girls from the bar and an adjoining hotel. R 1.15 crore in cash and R 45 lakh worth of gold ornaments were also seized in the raid.
On Saturday, sources said Deputy Commissioner of Police (DCP) Zone II Pramod Shewale has been sent on forced leave and senior inspector Ramesh Gadvale has been transferred to the police control room after it was found that they had knowingly delayed taking action against the dance bar.
On Thursday night, around 9 pm, a team of five officials and 14 constables of Thane (Rural) police conducted raids on the bar and the adjacent Dimple lodge located at Kalundare village on the old Mumbai-Goa highway, under the leadership of inspector general of police (IGP) Sukhvinder Singh. Following the raid the cops arrested 45 people including the bar’s proprietor Jayesh Shetty. But owner Raju Shetty managed to escape.
According to police sources, the bar owners ran a prostitution racket where girls were brought from Rajasthan, West Bengal, Uttar Pradesh, Jharkhand and Nepal. Sources also said that the owners had permissions for 11 rooms for the bar and lodge, but they had constructed 35 rooms. Patil has now announced an inquiry into the matter.