The opening of dance bars in Mumbai has run into trouble yet again, with the Mumbai Police on Thursday taking back temporary licences issued to four dance bars for non-compliance with safety measures. In addition, four police officers have been suspended for submitting ‘false reports’ to the police commissioner stating that the bars were following the safety norms.
The loopholes in security arrangements came to light after a top bureaucrat visited the four dance bars for an inspection. The Indian Express had reported on Friday that Dr Vijay Satbir Singh, Principal Secretary (Appeals and Security), went to the four bars at Tardeo, Vidyavihar, Bhandup and Mulund and was not happy with the lack of fire safety measures and placement of CCTV cameras, among other things.
An officer said these bars had earlier been issued compliance reports by the local police stations, attesting that they had fulfilled all conditions to begin functioning as dance bars.
On Thursday, the CMO Twitter handle tweeted about the suspension of three Police Inspectors(PI) and one Assistant Police Inspector(API) for “dereliction of duty and false reporting”. The CM’s office further tweeted that bars with pending licences will have to wait till the government is satisfied with the report sought from the police on “compliance of conditions set by the state government with the Supreme Court”.
“Since these violations were found, we took back the temporary licences issued to these four bars. Even the process of granting licences to other bars will be impacted by these findings,” a police officer said on condition of anonymity. He added that the local police stations that granted the compliance reports were at fault for neglecting the violations. “We zeroed in on the officers who issued the reports, after which the chief minister decided to suspend them,” the officer said.
A departmental enquiry has been ordered against the suspended officers.