Jaipur police raids 8 more hookah bars; 13 arrested
The police seized 37 hookahs, 59 pipes, 34 chillums, 31 flavor packets and DJ systems.
JAIPUR: The city police cracked down on hookah bars allegedly being operated under the guise of restaurants in the posh areas in Jaipur and arrested 13 people including their owners and managers.
The action was taken by the CST team of the Commissionerate under the Cigarettes and Other Tobacco Products (COTPA) Act. The police seized 37 hookahs, 59 pipes, 34 chillums, 31 flavor packets and DJ systems.
The police raided Restro Café in Jawahar Nagar and arrested Vikas Sharma, a resident of Pratap Nagar. Eleven hookahs, chillums and flavor packets were recovered. Mayank Swamy, a resident of Kardhani, was arrested from Café Diona on Tonk Road in Bajaj Nagar.
The police arrested Rahul Meena from 8000 Cafe & Lounge in Malviya Nagar. Five people were arrested from the same café for creating a ruckus. One Ramdayal Sharma was arrested from Flames Cafe and Kitchen restaurant in Ashok Nagar area. He is a resident of Shyamsinghpura in Dausa. Nearly 11 hookahs were seized.
One Santosh Kumar was arrested after the police raid at Nation Cafe and Restaurant located at C-Scheme in Ashok Nagar area. Abhishek Meena, a resident of Ranoli, Sikar, was arrested from the Cosmos Café N Lounge in Jyoti Nagar area.
Abhishek Meena, a resident of Siddharth Nagar, was arrested at Biltis Cafe located in Malviya Nagar. Five hookahs and other items were recovered. Mukesh Sharma, a resident of Niwaru Road, was from Tharka bar located at Hotel Jai Harsh in Jhotwara area.
Add commissioner of police Ajay Pal Lamba said that the police had received information about youths being offered hookah in these restaurants and cafes. A CST team under the supervision of Additional DCP Sulesh Chaudhary, ACP Chiranjilal Meena and Inspector Khaleel Ahmed carried out the action. A recce was conducted before the police action.
“We will continue to take action against hookah bars in Jaipur. SHOs have been also been instructed to keep a tab on these cafes and restaurants and take action if they offer illegal products or create a nuisance,” said Lamba.