Central Crime Branch (CCB) teams conducted surprise raids late night at pubs – for allegedly playing loud music – and two dance bars at Indiranagar and St Mark’s Road. The police claimed to have rescued 36 women, including one from Nepal. According to the police, 11 men, including three bouncers and a DJ, were arrested. They also seized Rs.8.02 lakh, two cash counting machines, and some musical instruments. CCB officials said they were trying to find out whether the women were being trafficked into the city to perform at dance bars.
CCB officials claimed that they rescued nine women from Mehendi bar and restaurant on Residency Cross Road. The cops also arrested five employees identified as Captain Appacchu, Nithin Singh and Prince Rathod along with bouncers Suraj, Arjun and Santosh Shetty. At least 27 women were rescued from Lais bar and restaurant on St Mark’s Road and arrested two employees identified as Nabil and Anand. In Indiranagar, the raids were conducted at Vapour Pub and Brewery on 100 Feet Road in Indiranagar.
All the raids were under the Ashoknagar and Indiranagar police station limits. According to police, these raids were carried out after receiving instructions from the Chief Ministers Office. (CMO).
The police said that these bars were functioning without a valid license and were also open till late at night. Some sources informed that Chief Minister H.D.Kumara Swamy issued directions to the CCB to put an end to the menace of the illegal lottery, gambling and other activities in Bengaluru as they are the sources for money allegedly being used to topple his government.
The city police recently issued notices to pubs with live band performances to adhere to the apex court ruling to obtain mandatory permission from police.