6 nabbed for running late-night cafe sans licence in Kolkata

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Kolkata, Nov 30 (IANS) Six persons were arrested from a South Kolkata-based cafe restaurant-cum-hookah parlour for running till late hours without proper license, police said on Wednesday.

According to police, the cafe-cum-hookah parlour, located on AJC Bose Road in South Kolkata, was open well beyond the permissible time-limit and served hookah and beverages to a good number of customers.

“A raid was conducted at around 1 a.m. on Tuesday night and six persons, responsible for running the cafe, were arrested as the cafe authority failed to produce any permit for late night operations and licences required to serve food or hookah,” an officer of Beniapukur Police Station said.

“The sitting arrangement of the cafe also violated the provision of the Cigarettes and Other Tobacco Products Act (COTPA),” he added.

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Wine bottles, hookah pots containing flavoured tobacco and hookahs were seized from the spot.

Police have charged the six accused under the IPC 188 46AA, Bengal Excise Act (2012) and under section 24 of COTPA.



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