Maharashtra: Police raids hookah parlour in Thane, arrests 18 for violating COVID-19 protocol

Police said that the accused have been booked under Sections of the Epidemic Diseases Act and for 'negligent conduct with respect to fire or combustible matter'

Press Trust of India March 05, 2021 00:14:53 IST
Maharashtra: Police raids hookah parlour in Thane, arrests 18 for violating COVID-19 protocol

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Thane: Police conducted a raid at a hookah parlour in Mira Road suburb of Maharashtra's Thane district and arrested 18 persons for allegedly violating COVID-19 norms, an official said on Thursday.

The raid was conducted during the intervening night of Wednesday and Thursday in Shital Nagar locality, he said. The operation was carried out by the Mira Bhayandar-Vasai Virar police based on a tip-off. Those arrested include the owner, manager and waiters of the hookah parlour. Eleven others were customers, the official said.

They have been booked under various IPC sections, including 188 (disobedience to order duly promulgated by public servant) and 285 (negligent conduct with respect to fire or combustible matter), the Epidemic Diseases Act and the Cigarettes and Other Tobacco Products (Prohibition of Advertisement and Regulation of Trade and Commerce, Production, Supply and Distribution) Act, he said.

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