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Raids in hotels: police submit guidelines in HC

The city police on Tuesday submitted certain guidelines that will be followed while carrying out raids in hotels and lodges, in the Bombay High Court.

On August 7, 2015, 64 people, including 13 couples, were rounded up around the Dana Pani beach and fined Rs.76,800 by the Malwani police. The police had said that the raid was necessary as locals had complained of people creating a nuisance and commercial sex workers operating in the hotels in the area and even on the streets.

A division Bench of Justice Abhay Oka and Justice A. A. Sayed was hearing a criminal public interest litigation filed by Khar resident Sumeer Sabharwal, which has sought a court-monitored inquiry into the raid, and appropriate action against the erring police personnel.

The guidelines said that the questioning of a woman has to be done by a female officer or by a male officer in the presence of a female officer. The police have to first go through the identification documents submitted by the guests, who have checked into the hotel, which is being raided. If the police suspect the identification documents or if they want to question anyone, they should take one hotel staff member along with them to the room of the guest. The police personnel should wear their badge with name and rank, and should show identity card on demand. The matter is adjourned till June 29.

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