Special squad will keep tab on dance bars: RP Sharma

Bhubaneswar: After being criticised from all quarters for failing to regulate dance bars in the State capital, the Commissionerate police has decided to form special squads to keep a close watch on the activities of these places.

Informing this to media police commissioner RP Sharma said, “A joint team comprising excise officials and policemen will conduct surprise raid on dance bars. We will take strong action against bars flouting any fixed norms.”

Asked about installation of close circuit cameras at these places, Sharma said the police are examining legality involved in it.

“After legal examination, we will take a decision on installation of close circuit cameras inside the bars and the restaurants inside it,” Sharma stated.

Meanwhile the excise department has also warned all the dance bars in Bhubaneswar to operate within stipulated guidelines framed by it.

“The police will take action against the erring dance bars,” excise minister Damodar Rout.
Officials said the excise department is yet to take action against the bars which have violated the department’s guidelines.

“The department cancels licence of bars if found with irregularities on three occasions. Recently the commissioner has recommended to cancel licence of six bars. Since inspection and regulation of bars is manpower driven, it is difficult to keep a close watch on the functioning of these places,” Prabhat Behera, excise superintendent, Khurda said.

Two days ago in an exclusive footage aired by Odisha Television, girls were seen dancing inside a bar. The visual too showed customers were flinging notes at them.

As per the regulation laid down by Section 25 of Odisha, Bihar Excise Act, 1915, girls or women cannot be engaged in dancing inside a bar. In Odisha, there are no provisions of giving away licenses for operating dance bars.