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Feb
11

The Laxmi Bar Arrests

Three nights ago, a group of young men was picked up by the local police from a bar in Andheri East, Mumbai. The reason given to them for their detainment was that the bar they were drinking at did not have a license to serve alcohol. The youths were released from police custody only the next morning, after people in high places intervened. An account of the night by Arun S Ravi:

Everyone was above the age of 21.
Date – Thursday, 17th February, 2011
People in the bar at the time of arrest – 23
Time of arrest – 11: 15 pm
Type of people at the bar –
A group of boys celebrating their friend Siddharth’s birthday including a non-drinking 21year old whose hand was in a sling because of a cricket injury.
2 casual drinkers.
A boy named Brenden celebrating the fact that he was to fly to Dubai on the 18th , with his friends.
A man named Sarfaraz who doesn’t even drink. Neither does his friend who was with him. Etc.

Ashwin and I went for band practice at Freedom Jam Room and decided to go to LP for food and a couple of drinks post practice. We met Keegan Pereira and Avil D’Souza at the bar and were engaged in conversation till 11pm when a cop truck and 2 cop cars arrived outside the bar. The police barred anyone from leaving the bar and forced people to stay inside while they performed their “rounds.” It is to be noted that the cops have been seen performing these rounds on other occasions as well while we’ve been there and it was all fun and games before, but not so much this time.

Timeline with details-
11:00pm – An empty cop van pulls up outside the bar with some 20 odd cops in another van behind it. There’s a police car with its siren lights on outside, and police officers in it. These officers enter the bar, and exit the bar. They enter again and assault a waiter who tries to make a phone call and yell Hindi curse words at him. People start talking when this happens and a cop yells (at the top of his voice) at all of us telling us to shut up. 2-3 other cops dressed in casuals very rudely ask us for our details without telling us why this is happening to anyone and asking for our cooperation. The details included name, age, religion, phone number, father’s name and full postal address.

The cops, inside the Cooper Hospital premises.

11:30pm – All of us (23) are forced to enter a police van that seats 10. The interiors of the bus are filled with cop uniforms hung on railings near the windows, riot shields, chairs and the whole bus just generally fucking stunk. We still aren’t told why this is happening to us and are asked for our cooperation, but very rudely. The way you would ask murderers to cooperate. People start asking why this is happening but we’re told to wait for 15 minutes and they’ll let us go. They said we would be taken to a hospital for a medical checkup. They didn’t tell us what for. We were brought to Cooper Hospital in Juhu in a police van, paraded around the city like criminals and escorted by other police vans. We had 1 armed guard with an assault rifle and a Kevlar vest in our bus and 2 other cops.

12:00pm – We arrive at the hospital and are escorted by armed policemen to the MI room where the medical checkup was to happen. They called out our names one by one and the following is how the checkup took place –
Doctor – Is there any problem with you?
Person – No.
Doctor – Lift up your shirt…. Ok. Now turn around.
This comprehensive checkup was done for all 23 of us and we were forced back into the police van and were escorted to the Andheri East Police Station.

"Celebrating" their friend's birthday in police custody.

1:00am – Upon arriving at the station, all of us are forced into a room and are locked inside it. The room had railings we could look through and communicate with the pigs. We didn’t have any food or water and then we realized that we still had Siddharth’s birthday cake. All of us sang for his birthday and shared his cake behind bars and got to know each other better. The police officer outside, very rudely, told us to shut up. One of the boys yelled back at him. He got up and had his guards open the door so they could give him “special treatment” in some other room. When they came to take him away, all of us pushed him back into the crowd and didn’t allow the officers to touch him. They withdrew and locked the doors. 2 cops then entered with forms that said ARREST/COURT SURRENDER FORM  (Avil D’Souza stole a copy of this form) and they forced us to fill these forms as “standard procedure.” None of us said we would and they left the room.

1:45am – People start calling their friends and relatives who could get us out of this mess. The 3 star police officer enters and tells us to shut up. When asked why we were brought here and treated like absolute shit, his response was “You were drinking in a bar without a liquor permit.”

The manager of Laxmi Bar.

“Why the fuck aren’t the bar owners in this room then?” asked someone to which we never got a clean response, ever.
A relative of one of the boys happened to be the leader of the Youth Congress in south Mumbai . He tried to talk the cops out of it by asking them how we were supposed to know about liquor permit. He said “I have been to LP for over 30 years and this has never happened before.” But the cops didn’t budge. They didn’t even do a breath analyzer test or any concrete medical test to even have any evidence to put us behind bars. It turned out that the lifting-shirt-up fiasco was the check for signs of assault. They said they would have to have us fill the forms only then they could let us go. They also wanted to use us as an example and have us testify in court that the bar we were at didn’t have a liquor permit to scare all the other bars doing the same thing to apply for one, or shut down. They wanted us, desperately to do this, hence we were forced to fill the forms, even if it meant detaining us without any grounds for arrest. When asked why we were locked up the police officer said “They are not locked up, they are in a room.”

4:00am – Tired, everyone finally agrees to fill the forms because we’ve been confined in this shady room with barely any water, no food, and no permission to go to the toilet. Manoj Vishwakarma has a 1 year old boy and his wife waiting for him at home without any clue about what’s really going on. Everyone else had similar stories and it got to a point where we were desperate to leave. We decided to fill up the forms but not sign them. The 2 constables reappeared with the forms and everyone filled them. We were then loaded back into the police truck to be taken back to Cooper hospital in Juhu for a breath-analyzer test.

DEAD DRUNK: The Wasted Constable

5:30am – We reach Cooper hospital after the forms are filled. Again, we are taken there with an escort. Passersby stare as we go by them and everyone looks at us like we’re some criminals. The same armed guard is in the van with 2 constables. The van was stopped outside cooper hospital. Some 40 police constables were outside the hospital waiting for us. The bus stopped at the drive in and we were asked to remain inside the vehicle. After a few minutes we realized we can’t be treated this way. We asked them nicely if we could stand outside the bus, without running away. Just a request. Then a cop yelled at us and told us to be inside. (All the cops were armed with lathis). All of us yelled back at them and took a stand. Everyone would get out of this vehicle NOW. We decided that if they had to hit us, they could do it, but we weren’t fucking staying inside the bus. All of us rushed out of the bus yelling. Everyone was insulting the police, calling them names. Shouting at them at their face. A very emotional Suhail yelled (in Hindi) “TELL US WHY HAVE YOU DETAINED US YOU FUCKING MOTHERFUCKERS!!!! IT’S BEEN 6 FUCKING HOURS!!!! WHAT THE FUCK HAVE YOU DONE!!! WHAT THE FUCK ARE YOU DOING WITH US YOU MOTHERFUCKING PIECES OF FUCKING SHIT!!! WE HAVEN’T EATEN WE HAVEN’T HAD ANYTHING TO DRINK !!! OUR FAMILIES ARE WONDERING WHERE WE ARE!!!! WHAT THE FUCK DO WE TELL THEM!!!!!!!” The cops charged to beat him up but we pushed them away and pulled back Suhail and held him back. He was still yelling. Others started yelling too. Then Ashwin Dutt pointed out a drunk constable standing on the cops side. ALL attention went to him. We pulled him to the forefront and took photographs of him. “WE ARE CITIZENS, YOU ARE PUBLIC SERVANTS AND YOU’RE DRINKING ON THE JOB AND ARRESTING US!!!???” someone yelled. “ALL THE COPS SHOULD BE PUT BEHIND BARS AND WE SHOULD BE LET GO!!!.” The drunk constable tries to sneak away but Avil and Ashwin run after him and grab him by his collar and bring him back.

Senior Inspector Bhalerao

6:15am – We are forced again to do the medical test. But we took a stand and said that the wasted constable should be check first. On insisting, the same 3 star officer said “You don’t need to check him, He’s got a family.” Hearing this everyone broke out into anger, yelling at the police for assuming all of us are street orphans! We finally did and completed the test. All of us were loaded back into the armed van and taken back to the police station at Andheri East.

7:30am – The police call it as a bad joke and let us go after they verify whether or not we’ve filled the “Arrest” forms.

PS – Just found out that the name of the police officer is Sr. Police Inspector Bhalerao.

Arun S Ravi also has videos for further proof.

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111 Responses to “The Laxmi Bar Arrests”


  1. 1 pseudonymous1
    February 20, 2011 at 03:10

    Dude what the fuck? What’s the fucking difference between Mumbai police and Laloo’s goons back in Bihar? Is there anything happening or are you gonna let it go?

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  2. 2 blacksheep
    February 20, 2011 at 07:25

    haq hain!

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  3. 3 Santhosh
    February 20, 2011 at 08:18

    This is madness, Arresting customers is for no fault of theirs?? These cops should be held accountable for the inconvenience caused, i suggest a facebook campaign.

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  4. 5 Daniel R.
    February 20, 2011 at 09:03

    Great work. I’m viralling this on Twitter and Facebook.

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  5. 6 ashwin
    February 20, 2011 at 09:06

    Adi, get in touch with Mid-day and fuck these bastards!

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  6. 9 Ups
    February 20, 2011 at 09:16

    Hey send this to the newspapers at least. It’s shameful. Get shit stirred up!

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  7. 10 Dhruv
    February 20, 2011 at 09:20

    Fuck these bastards? I say hang these bastards, these are the lawmen of the country who instead of going after real crooks, jail innocent men to extort as much money as they can and then try to rape women cuz their own wives couldn’t give a fuck about them. People need to start lining up these bastards and shooting them right in the nuts. Just because they uphold the law makes them think they own it.

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  8. 12 Clince Varghese
    February 20, 2011 at 10:42

    i wnt u 2 no d power of justice system in india…jus cam out of d polis stn last nyt..was cot standin near a buildin wit 6 bottles of beer which i was takin home 4 a party in d house wit a 4nd of mine..a cop cms up 2 me wen i am standing and talkin 2 my 4nd and cheks d bag n puts us in2 d polis car n tells us dat v wil hv 2 b interogatd..v agreed..in d polis statn a havaldar cms n argues wt me cuz i was sitting on d chair n he ask me 2 sit down on d ground wen i refusd 2 do so he got phisical wt me n i told him not 2 do so n we argued..in d meanwyl anodr havaldaar against whom i hd complaind against sm months bak 4 askin me 2 bribe him also got along wt d first havaldar n was plottin against me @ d station..n my 4nds dad had 2 cm down 2 d station n talk 2 d cops..n d uncle ended up payin a sr.cop 1 thousnd rupes n 4 beers 2 get us out..n i argued wt d uncle dat he should hv not givn him d money n d beer..he discouragd me about my right 2 question d wrongs goin on n told me 2 b practical bout d situatn..i wud lyk 2 no 4m u dat was it rng on my part 2 refuse 2 b treatd lyk a dirt @ d station n demandin 4 my basic civilian ryt 2 b trated wd integrity..if der is any legal way 2 remind d havaldaar dat he is d protector of law n order n not d oppresor,plz do lemmeno..
    i would b glad 2 teach d havaldaar a lesson 4 lyf n mak hm realise d power of d common man..
    SOS!!

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  9. 19 Moulin
    February 20, 2011 at 11:14

    This is ridiculous. You have done the hard work to compile this..now take it to its logical ending.

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  10. February 20, 2011 at 11:19

    The cops thought harassing patrons would be a good way to teach bar owners a lesson?

    Brilliant thinking on the part of these guys to take pics and videos, and hats off to Arun S Ravi for making so much noise. This post has gone viral. Thank you all for spreading this!

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  11. 21 Murali Choudhary
    February 20, 2011 at 11:50

    I’m going to forward this to any friends i know in the media… This needs to get out…

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  12. 22 Ivan
    February 20, 2011 at 13:09

    Damn these cops…..fuckin government appointed criminals! Even beggars got more self respect than these damn maggots. I have never met anyone more corrupt, racist & disgusting than a cop. They are guilty & should be punished. Apparently the law allows cops to drink while at work…….they even get free food & alcohol. We gotta take these sore ass guilty pussy wimps down.

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  13. 23 Srijit
    February 20, 2011 at 13:36

    madarchods.these cops should be anal raped.take these motherfuckers to court!

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  14. 24 Kiran
    February 20, 2011 at 17:24

    Time to rise up !

    Thanks for telling us about it .

    sharing it on facebook .

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  15. 25 Noble patrao
    February 21, 2011 at 02:01

    Such cops should be terminated from their jobs and not allowed to work any where in our country as they do not understand their responsibility as a government servant or must an be stoned to death . They are worst than the terrorist so the bottom line is wd are not chutyas and zawnyas like you (bombay cops)

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  16. 26 Shreyas
    February 21, 2011 at 06:16

    I’m forwarding this to every one in ma frends list.,..posting this on every page i can….Lets fuck these bastards…..mothafuckin assholes…..they dont have any rights to screw the customers..

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  17. 27 jayaram
    February 21, 2011 at 06:23

    Really the law has gone to the dogs in the country. These policemen need to be taught some manners and the LAW itself. Got this link on twitter and was horrified to read it. Go to the papers and the media and screw those guys in and out so that they will never do it with innocent people. Screw the Laxmi bar ka management also. Damn them!

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  18. 28 Bhanuj
    February 21, 2011 at 06:47

    Fucking pigs. More than anything else, they’re just drunk on their own power.

    Also, I hate to be a preaching asshole, but all of you who are incensed at the police because of this incident, think of how much worse the poor and the disenfranchised among our citizens have it, those that don’t have camera phones, or lawyers, and don’t live in a big city where Mid Day will run after you to print this story. This is just a relatively tame example of the police’s brazen disrespect for the rule of law and for the rights of citizens which happened to be directed at the wrong people (people society cares about). Much, much worse happens on a daily basis. So get angrt at this, which you SHOULD totally do. But also get angry when the same thing happens to people who aren’t in your social networking circle and your bar hopping scenes.

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  19. February 21, 2011 at 06:49

    LP is my favorite joint too. I’ve been going there for the past 5 years now. This is stupid. Nothing shady or illegal happens at the bar… the service is good, the food is good, the booze is cheap, and the crowd is well-behaved. Even when we go partying somewhere, we usually come here to close for the night and have their famous dal khichdi.

    I feel that the police were sent out on a raid to arrest bar girls and dancers at the orchestra bars around LP, and since they couldn’t find any to arrest (or were prolly bribed by the owners) they turned on the the men simply consuming alcohol in a place we all thought was legal, so that they’ll have at least something to report/deliver to their superiors.

    By the way, if I am not mistaken, Mumbai (or for that fact Maharashtra) still has an archaic law that says that you need a special license just to consume alcohol! I have seen such a license with one of my friends too. If you try to pressure the cops about injustice etc, they usually protect themselves by using this old law as their weapon!!! 😦

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  20. February 21, 2011 at 07:11

    Please mail this to the top cops, the so called officers and harass them by asking what action they have taken against the drunken cop and all others. Do even cc this to all major news papers.

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  21. 31 Magik
    February 21, 2011 at 07:28

    this is fucking stupidity. i would be happy to be of any assistance. down with this shit.

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  22. 32 sriharsha
    February 21, 2011 at 07:37

    How can these assholes even claim of maintaining law and order when they have no fucking principles whatsoever.

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  23. 33 Kanchana
    February 21, 2011 at 07:45

    What nonsense? Bloody somebody should put those same police force behind bars for treating civilized human beings like animals and caging them, behind bars, for no rhyme or reason or fault of theirs

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  24. 34 dP
    February 21, 2011 at 07:55

    dude! once we guys were just standing road pe with the cars parked and these policewalas came and slapped one of our frnd they were really drunk ! u know our system lacks the concept and duties of police people.. there should be a thing where we guys can complaint about police people easily!

    and the other day i saw one police guy without a helmet and on asking him he tried to stop me and giving me gallis and stuff saying this is maharashtra and giving dhamkis!

    whoever seeing this are requested to fight back this type of behaviour of cops and literally do something about it!

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  25. 35 Srikant Krish
    February 21, 2011 at 07:56

    I understand the kind of harassment you people would have gone through. But I feel this piece of news should go out in the media and receive attention from the mass. Pls try your best to book these police guys.

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  26. February 21, 2011 at 08:02

    Please share the videos if you can. Makes for a more powerful visual appeal.

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  27. 39 AJS
    February 21, 2011 at 08:12

    This is absolute madness. These so called POLICE PPL shuld b taken to task and should b made to pay for this nonsense.

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  28. February 21, 2011 at 08:16

    What the fuck ! I’m viralling this. From one Aditya to another, take this to the senior officials man. This was a free country last time I checked.

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  29. 41 Lester
    February 21, 2011 at 08:31

    Fuckin pigs! They need to be taught a lesson.

    Tweeps, please spread the word. And does anybody have a link to the video that Arun S shot?

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  30. February 21, 2011 at 08:41

    I don’t have words to justify the anger after reading this post. I would like to congratulate all the boys who were arrested. Why? Because you all showed courage, protected your friends there, maintained your calm, were intelligent enough to gather proof and above all share this with all of us.

    As for police, no comments. They will continue to intimidate us. They had a time harassing me thinking that ‘NRI hai, chalo tang karte hai.’

    Good job sharing this article. Kudos.

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  31. February 21, 2011 at 08:44

    Just informing you guys that it may be worthwhile to make a liquor permit given your experience. Wrote a post on this a while ago, and if you’re wondering, you need to go to state excise department’s site to make a license or visit this page ( http://mooching-around.blogspot.com/2010/12/how-to-make-liquor-consumption-permit.html ) to download the form. Also tough luck if you’re below the age of 25, you’re not within the legal limit yet :(. Unfortunate experience, I hope the relevant higher authorities have been informed of the same so that some action is taken especially against the officer who was drunk on duty

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  32. 44 Nikhil
    February 21, 2011 at 09:06

    Great Work. Hats off to people who stood up against these cops, took videos, pics and saw to it that there was recorded evidence of misconduct and general assholeness.

    these bastards are on a power trip and need to be grounded. Gonna send this to all journos I know.

    Bombay72 shall be Avenged. Fuck the Cops..and RESPECT to the guys who stood up against their fuckin bullshit.

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  33. February 21, 2011 at 09:27

    I’m glad you all stood up as one and didn’t let the cops have their way! If corruption had been promptly refused by cops, illegal bars would never exist! Well, at least it ended without any causalities or bloodshed or torture. On a lighter note, hope you’ve struck an unlimited happy hours deal with the bar owner. Cheers!

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  34. 46 team cj
    February 21, 2011 at 09:57

    how old are you? is there a number to call you?please email me

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  35. 47 miilee
    February 21, 2011 at 10:17

    Woah! This is outrageous! Those cops should be publicly hauled to courts and divested of all authority!

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  36. February 21, 2011 at 11:24

    Ridiculous!!! Kudos to all of you, for standing united, against the rotten cops.

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  37. February 21, 2011 at 11:52

    Really angry over the state of affairs in Bombay, Hats off to you guys and the courage for posting this.

    I wonder where the media is when you need them, lemme guess they are busy measuring Rakhi Sawant’s boob size.

    I hope we have a revolution like Egypt soon.

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  38. February 21, 2011 at 12:11

    Its time to take a stand. We all need to do something to stop the shit that is sent to us by each & everyone in this country

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  39. 51 Sree
    February 21, 2011 at 13:18

    You could always tweet this link to various news editors and news channels twitter accounts which could spread the news..

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  40. 52 dexter
    February 21, 2011 at 14:50

    Hi All,

    These guys are terrorist within the country, are we guys going to do anything about it or let them do the same thing to some other innocent guy on some other day. They guys are beggars blood suckers.

    How may of you are afraid of being caught by cop then a robber ?

    We should have a common day like Freedom Day all over India when we can stand together protest against all this injustice!!!

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  41. 53 Amused
    February 21, 2011 at 14:52

    While your treatment by the cops is reprehensible, you guys can’t really do anything about this for two reasons:

    1. It’s not legal to drink in Maharashtra under the age of 25
    2. Even if you are above 25, you need a permit to drink since Maharashtra is technically under prohibition.

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  42. 54 Amar
    February 21, 2011 at 15:07

    File an FIR against the Cops in the same police station. The cops may resist and not easily file the case. Therefore, take some friends and family along; ideally some media people too. Once an FIR is filed, action will have to be taken. Even if they go unpunished, this negative record stays with the Cop in times of evaluation and promotions….

    Regards

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  43. February 21, 2011 at 15:10

    this is ridiculous. have blogged about it and wish there were something more I could do

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  44. 58 saiko88
    February 21, 2011 at 15:43

    Hats off to the boys for standing their ground…. The cops should be reminded that they work for the citizens and not the other way around….. Its a shame that the taxpayers are paying for cops that are drunk on duty, rapists etc…. Senior inspector Bhalerao should either be suspended our asked to resign…. If the law can permit holding 20 innocent people overnight without a charge…then it should prosecute the officer who was drink on duty and any superior of his who was on duty with him…. Now is the time for the youth political leaders to make some noise about this and get these boys some justice….After all …no 1 should be punished for simply trying to have a good time …. Keep up the god work boys… This story has generated a lot of buzz and hopefully the senior inspector & the drunk constable are prosecuted …. So the common man can start believing in the law and their enforcers….

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  45. 59 Prashant
    February 21, 2011 at 15:53

    This is outrageous, good thing you put in on blog. Dont let it go without a a public apology and punishment for them.

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  46. 60 Deepak
    February 21, 2011 at 16:57

    Great work in sharing your experience and bringing media attention to this matter.We stand united with you brother!

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  47. 61 john
    February 21, 2011 at 16:59

    for such reasons only,…people fears to unite..And
    resultant.. cops, mimisters, etc.. Do watever they want to do.

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  48. 62 S.A.M.
    February 21, 2011 at 18:46

    Man this was some terrible shit. No common man will ever dream this would happen to them. They are legal goons in our society. I was not able to tell my father where I was stuck.
    Later we all decided its dead or alive.
    Lets spread this message to as many people as we can!!

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    • 63 yogi
      February 22, 2011 at 08:35

      Hey people, most of us have been harassed, insulted, humiliated, assaulted by cops one way or the other. But what is most difficult to deal with is when the news has to be explained at home.

      Agreed our ‘police’ force is under-armed, under-trained, under-manned, under-rated….but not ‘under-privileged’ !

      Having been officially named the most corrupt in the world, there is little to say about our police. Do we blame our government? or our selfs?

      If ourselves?, WHAT ARE WE GOING TO DO ABOUT IT ??

      This bullshit has got to stop, the country is only as bad as we make it. Lets all take a stand. UNITEDLY.

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  49. February 21, 2011 at 21:18

    If the people who got screwed over need any help in getting every cop involved sacked, please gimme a call on 91-9320038513. Fuckin apalling – I’m glad this story has gone insanely viral.

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  50. 65 AD
    February 22, 2011 at 00:35

    Ye saale police ko hafta dena bandh karo madarchod ki aulad ko. Saale kutte log hai neta ki gaand chatte hai, businessman ka khoon chuuste hai aur aam aadmi ko jaan lete hai.

    Sale chor ko pakadte nahi kabhi…. duniya mein sabse haramkhor police india ki…

    ye log ko dhakka dekar gira do aur gun leke fire karo gand daba ke bhagenge sale sab chutye..

    mere dost ko gaadi mein daru pite pakda, 100 rupya diya toh uske saath van mein baithke baaki ka daru peeya dono ne… aise randwe hai ye police

    Cheers

    Munich

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  51. February 22, 2011 at 04:32

    You HAVE to fight this shit! Bring the newspapers on, will you!

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  52. 67 Joshua A
    February 22, 2011 at 04:33

    CAn we do any thing ? lets unite and teach them a lesson.

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  53. 68 Vinit Jani
    February 22, 2011 at 05:25

    These sons of bitches should be burnt alive, I say Lets Riot!

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  54. 69 Sandy
    February 22, 2011 at 06:35

    Please post videos …. so that people can share these videos via networking sites and
    at-least build a propaganda against the injustice.

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  55. 70 Sagar
    February 22, 2011 at 06:57

    This is shear injustice, no guilty cop should be allowed to escape for any good reasons…

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  56. 71 BombayBoy84
    February 22, 2011 at 07:08

    I’m sharing this on FB and Twitter and will also be sending the links out to whoever can get this in the papers – this needs to spread. They wanted to make an example out of us! We should be the ones making an example out of them! so that every policeman harassing innocent people (which happens all the time) will remember this incident and it’s outcome.

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  57. 72 Kiran
    February 22, 2011 at 07:44

    Kudos to you guys for standing up to those corrupt cops. I got yelled and glared at for questioning a traffic cop (near Santa Cruz station) when he stopped the auto rickshaw I was travelling in and demanded bribe from the poor chap. The rickshaw guy was probably at fault too (expired driver’s licence or some such), but what enraged me was that not only did the cop demand bribe from him, he also had the audacity to slap the auto driver AFTER snatching his day’s worth of earnings.

    I think Mumbai Mirror has done a fantastic job of their ‘No-Hoardings’ campaign. Their next project should be to bring these corrupt cops to book! I’m sure all of Mumbai will participate whole-heartedly!

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  58. February 22, 2011 at 08:04

    Errmm.. drinking at 25 does put you, strictly speaking, in violation of the law, but its a very very stupid law. And this is OUTRAGEOUS. Mumbai Police has anyway been notorious for a while now, but even they outclass themselves with this activity.

    Will the Mumbai police commissioner please explain why the said “gentlemen” are not behind bars yet?

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  59. 74 Rishi.M
    February 22, 2011 at 10:40

    http://www.mid-day.com/news/2011/feb/220211-LP-Bar-Restaurant-pub-Andheri-drinking-permit-public.htm

    I read this article and i have these questions, can ne1 answer them plz?

    1. Is drinking illegal?
    2. Do we need a permit to eat food?
    3. What is the need of a drinking permit?
    4. If its for elegibility of drinking cant a simple age verification suffice?

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  60. 75 BombayBoy84
    February 22, 2011 at 11:08

    Oye dude. Someone from the mainstream press wants to talk to you ASAP. Can you please share your contact details. They want to take this up in a big way

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  61. February 22, 2011 at 11:51

    Mid Day has written about it. Pune Mirror has written about it. The Indian Express has written about it. DNA will be writing about it. Thousands of people have read and shared this post. My work is done!

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  62. 78 delhizen
    February 22, 2011 at 12:15

    Isn’t it the same way they get hold of innocent and turn them into suspects for terrorist activities…? Damn the system.

    Send a link of your post to all the media guys… if you need help let me know.

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  63. 79 S
    February 22, 2011 at 13:28

    It is been told by the cops they were ordered by the Zone DCP to arrest the customers of Laxmi Palace.

    Now my question is to the Zone DCP, how would these cops know if all the customers were drinking, there were some who were there for dinner.

    The arrest was done at approx 11.30 pm, and the medicals were done at 6.30 am next day morning. Why were the innocent people detained for 7 hrs. Why didn’t they come with breathalysers and get this resolved on the spot at least the people who were there for dinner could have gone home same night.

    If I sit an autorickshaw and if the driver doesn’t have a driving license do these cops arrest the passenger or the autoricksaw driver ?

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  64. 80 amit
    February 22, 2011 at 13:30

    @ adi,

    ur work is just not done…
    I will be when these @ssoles will b behind the bars…

    lot of people ask me.. stupid fucking questions
    A lot of people think that.. what I say on records
    or what I talk about on a record, that I actually do in real life
    or that I believe in it
    Or if I say that, I wanna kill somebody, that..
    I’m actually gonna do it
    or that I believe in it
    Well, shit.. if you believe that
    then I’ll kill you
    You know why?
    Cause I’m a

    CRIMINAL
    CRIMINAL
    You god damn right
    I’m a CRIMINAL
    Yeah, I’m a CRIMINAL

    My words are like a dagger with a jagged edge
    That’ll stab you in the head
    whether you’re a fag or lez
    Or the homosex, hermaph or a trans-a-vest
    Pants or dress – hate fags? The answer’s “yes”
    Homophobic? Nah, you’re just heterophobic
    Staring at my jeans, watching my genitals bulging (Ooh!)
    That’s my motherfucking balls, you’d better let go of em
    They belong in my scrotum, you’ll never get hold of em
    Hey, it’s me, Versace
    Whoops, somebody shot me!
    And I was just checking the mail
    Get it? Checking the ‘male’?
    How many records you expecting to sell
    after your second LP sends you directly to jail?
    C’mon!– Relax guy, I like gay men
    Right, Ken? Give me an amen (AAA-men!)
    Please Lord, this boy needs Jesus
    Heal this child, help us destroy these demons
    Oh, and please send me a brand new car
    And a prostitute while my wife’s sick in the hospital
    Preacher preacher, fifth grade teacher
    You can’t reach me, my mom can’t neither
    You can’t teach me a goddamn thing cause
    I watch TV, and Comcast cable
    and you ain’t able to stop these thoughts
    You can’t stop me from topping these charts
    And you can’t stop me from dropping each March
    with a brand new CD for these fucking retards
    Duhhh, and to think, it’s just little ol’ me
    Mr. “Don’t Give A Fuck,” still won’t leave

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  65. 81 amit
    February 22, 2011 at 13:34

    How do you know if the food that you eat is from the land whose tax is paid?
    How do u know if the water that u drink is from a licensed source
    HOW DO U KNOW IF UR KID BELONGS TO YOU OR SUMONE ELSE???!!!

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  66. 82 Roger
    February 22, 2011 at 13:55

    The drunk police man has a family!!! haaaaaaaaaahahahahahahaha…im sure if he has a bastard of a son, that bastard will become a PAANDU as well…& then he will continue his fucked up fathers legacy…why isnt the press covering stuff like this??? these fagots who call themselves “POLICE WALAS” as nothing but underemployed tax money consumers!

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  67. February 22, 2011 at 14:15

    Whatever happened to police reforms… The great Ashokrao Chavan was supposed to usher them in… but he got ushered out instead.

    The police need better remuneration. But above all we need to bring back the old Bombay Police and havaldars in blue uniforms and half chuddis. They were thin and wiry and could run. Bombay Police, once the pride of the country and rated on par with Scotland Yard, was fucked when it turned into Maharashtra Police. These guys who come from the outback neither have any investigative knowledge nor the mentality needed to be urban policemen. They are laid back and have money on their minds all the time.

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    • February 22, 2011 at 15:36

      “They were thin and wiry and could run.”

      Shouldn’t laugh at that but HAHA it’s funny!

      I think you’ve come up with a fitting punishment for the cops – make them run like hell.

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      • February 22, 2011 at 16:37

        LoL 😀

        But really. Those blue-uniformed guys being local Bombaywalas, knew the city’s crime pattern. They were reliable aides to their bosses and were good at intelligence-gathering, very often making the job of their senior officer extremely easy.

        The Bombay Traffic Police havaldars at one time were the best in the country. I still think they are even now. Many of them are non-corrupt and good at their job and they command respect, but they simply cannot cope with the ever increasing traffic in the current infrastructure and their bosses’ stupid whims.

        There is the occasional rogue, but I’ve been let off many times by reasonable and understanding traffic constables without having handed them any monetary incentive.

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  68. 86 Demonos
    February 22, 2011 at 14:46

    ANTI COP – FUCK THE POLICE!

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  69. February 22, 2011 at 21:08

    Honestly, these cops are fucking cunts one fine day everyone should go out with a breath analyzers and check how drunk these chuts are.

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  70. 88 taronish
    February 23, 2011 at 08:40

    Too good work arun hope this article can help many people, I was a part of this arrest my full support ttoi you

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  71. 89 Jeeves
    February 23, 2011 at 14:18

    Mumbai police are the worst bunch of hypocritical humans I’ve ever seen anywhere in the world. It’s time the press did a public service on put the spotlight on then. The real reason for all the chaos is most likely to do with this particular bar refusing to give corruption money for what is a perfectly legal activity. Who suffers, innocent youth. The power from the police really needs to be taken back in the hands of the public. These days even Rickshaw drivers refuse to drive to the airport because the corrupt police will take away half their fare. Every time a law is passed in this land, the police rejoice as it’s an excuse for greater exploitation! As an NRI I’ve seen this country sinking, from it’s liberal democratic highs to the corrupt country its now become. Mumbai was special, now I wouldn’t make the same decision to invest here in my business again. I’m glad your blog has sprung up, now I hope the media takes notice and brings to light the injustices of Mumbai cops.

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  72. 90 Rajesh
    February 23, 2011 at 18:44

    Boss,

    One thing I am sure, all the police officers arrested you are corrupt. Spend few more thousand and put somebody behind them or hack their emails or cell phones. reveal their corruption into light.

    Next any police officer will think twice before victomising common man. If they are serious, they should arrest the Bar owner for running without permit.

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  73. 91 Rajeev
    February 23, 2011 at 21:39

    I bet 90% of these pigs are drunk during the night duty and unnecessarily harasses the common people…I

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  74. 92 S
    February 24, 2011 at 05:24

    Why there is no process by the government to check if the cops on night duty are drunk, if they can check a common man, they should also do check on the government servants first.

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  75. February 24, 2011 at 08:29

    Hey, this is bad man. Reflects badly on Bombay cops.

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    • 94 SD
      February 24, 2011 at 13:51

      Of course it reflects badly on Bombay cops, that’s the whole point of this! To point out what a bunch of corrupt morons a majority (not all) of them are.

      The governement instead of pocketing the taxes spent on cops, need to pay them a LOT LOT LOT more money in their salary, enough that they can survive and live on their salaries and not resort to bribes. Then fire every Pandu who is useless and bent (which would be 65-70% of the force) and hire new policemen, who have completed school at the least (18million official population in bbay, im sure we can find an entire educated new force from that population). Have a stringent testing method of their knowledge and adherence to the state laws.

      Along with the alcohol laws, there needs to be clarity on the police brutality laws. I thinks its highly commendable that you could stand together and prevent them from brutalising your friends. Where in the law does it say that the cop has the right to slap anyone who annoys them. Isn’t that fucking assault and battery? Shouldnt they be only allowed to use force in self defence or during obstruction of justice with the aim to prevent and disable further attack but not to damage the person brutally? Ofcourse how could they disable an opponent with those massive pot bellies, so it takes 2-3 of them, lathis and brutality.

      Fucking morons.

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  76. February 24, 2011 at 17:31

    These kind of posts need to keep coming. Good work!

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  77. February 24, 2011 at 18:16

    “and hire new policemen, who have completed school at the least (18million official population in bbay, im sure we can find an entire educated new force from that population)”

    Easily said, but the question is: do educated, honest and conscientious people (from the population of 18 million) want to join the police force (read cesspool)…? It’s the same story with the Armed Forces (though elite)- nobody wants to join because of the paltry wages. And we’re seeing corruption seeping into what is arguably the most dependable institution in the country.

    I don’t mean to be cynical, I can see this post has created a lot of hue and cry, but such things occur on a daily basis…

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    • 98 SD
      February 25, 2011 at 09:24

      “Easily said, but the question is: do educated, honest and conscientious people (from the population of 18 million) want to join the police force (read cesspool)…? It’s the same story with the Armed Forces (though elite)- nobody wants to join because of the paltry wages. And we’re seeing corruption seeping into what is arguably the most dependable institution in the country.”

      You’ve hit the issue spot on. And that’s exactly why I stated “The governement instead of pocketing the taxes spent on cops, need to pay them a LOT LOT LOT more money in their salary, enough that they can survive and live on their salaries and not resort to bribes.”

      This is a fundamental flaw which the country needs to realise and relates to a standard of living. If you cannot provide the protectors of your public a decent standard of living which is provided to them vis-a-vis the salary that they are receiving, then the human instincts of greed and more importantly (survival and well over-survival) kick in. Make being a police an extremely well paid and highly controlled profession and we may just get some brilliant honest cops out there. Ofcourse there will still be some corrupt ones, but you could convert the % from an over 50% to hopefully under 50% corrupt force.

      The next issue is that “standard of living” is a very subjective term.

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      • February 25, 2011 at 13:42

        I totally agree with you, but…

        the “government” i.e. the politicians- they’ll never allow the police to be well paid (a lot of cops are on politicians’ payrolls, so the politicians can manipulate them). This is one of the main points that constitute police reforms, that the police be separated from the polity, but will that ever (be allowed to) happen? And what are the ramifications of an independent, fearless and honest police force? It will put and end to all the nonsensical political gamut. It will mean, no more political interference in matters handled by the police.

        Therefore this statement of your’s:

        “The governement instead of pocketing the taxes spent on cops, need to pay them a LOT LOT LOT more money in their salary, enough that they can survive and live on their salaries and not resort to bribes.”

        through very valid, dies it’s own death.

        A simple political game: keep the wretches underpaid, they’ll come to us, we’ll feed them, they’ll work for us. And why should they care about another’s “standard of living” as long as they have someone to wipe their arses for them?

        This is all well thought out. It’s not as if changes cannot be brought on, they are simply not brought on for reasons of convenience.

        It’s time to learn from the goings on in the Middle East. Boot the bastards out.

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  78. 100 vijay
    February 25, 2011 at 17:42

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    i really feel bad about the pathetic position the polive department is at the moment
    the above site might actually get this noticed by the superiors

    keep writing
    great fan

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  79. 101 CHETAN
    February 26, 2011 at 07:11

    Legally, cops have no right 2 enter a bar premises..its da job of excise department…there r more serious issue to tackle with in city of mumbai…but these guys r more concern in harassing a common people (i.e TAX PAYERS) who r treated like murderers/criminals 4 da law which was amended in 1949….Maharastra is da only state where person requires permit 2 consume or posses a liquor….Maybe tommorrow we will be asked permit 4 consuming food and water also..this is sheer injustice in our free country…!!!

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