Presence of police officers in raid on pub invites govt concern

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Lucknow, Sep 9 (UNI) The Uttar Pradesh government has sought a report into the recent raid in a discotheque at an upmarket shopping mall, where an international cricketer, models and some senior admnistrative and police officials were found dancing under influence of alcohal.

The report was sought in view of an order of state Director General of Police (DGP) which expected uniformed persons to maintain moral probity in public places.

According to highly placed sources, the raid was conducted on the direct intervention of UP DGP Vikram Singh. There are also report of the activities having been captured on cemara.

What has been more discerning for police is the fact that a Deputy Superintendent of Police, presently on central deputation but posted here, and his Indian Police Serivce(IPS) wife were also present during the raid. A local international cricketer, who was part of Team India as a strike bowler, however, sneaked out oblivious of the violation by the discotheque.

Assistant Superintendent of Police (ASP) Subhash Chandra Dubey, who supervised the raid told UNI that the people present during the raid were not liable to any action as they were ignorant over the violation of the rules. He said the owners of the pub invited legal action as they served the alcohal beyond the permitted time.

He, however, was non-committal if the senior police officials were due to face any departmental action as it amounted to disgracing the force.

Meanwhile,the senior state officials conceded that the incident having taken place in the state capital was a cause of concern.

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