Hotel Association condemns police assault on hotel staff in Maharashtra for refusing free food and drink

Dec 24 2021 05:22 STI

Bombay (Maharashtra) [India], Dec. 24 (ANI): Indian Hotel and Restaurant Association (AHAR), the top hospitality industry body, on Thursday condemned the assault on hotel staff by an attached Assistant Police Inspector (API) to the Vakola Police in Mumbai.
A video allegedly showing the API assaulting a Vakola hotel cashier, for allegedly refusing to serve food and alcohol after midnight, has gone viral on social media.
The alleged incident took place at the “Swagat” restaurant near the Vakola police station at around 12:30 am Thursday.

According to video captured by the CCTV camera inside the hotel, police officer Vikram Patil walks up to the cashier, pulls his shirt off and slaps him, while the restaurant manager and staff were seen trying to intervene and stop it.
The cop was furious that the restaurant refused to serve free food and drink because the kitchen had closed due to pandemic guidelines for the restaurant industry.
Commenting on the incident, Shivanand Shetty, Chairman of AHAR, said: “We strongly condemn this incident which not only brings a bad name to the police force, but also causes local business owners to lose confidence in the police force. local order. Restaurant owners want nothing more than to conduct their business peacefully and therefore we demand that very strict measures be taken against the cop to prevent such events where law enforcement becomes offenders. ”(ANI)

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