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State excise department bars The Park from serving alcohol

A case has been lodged under various sections of the Disaster Management Act and the Indian Penal Code with Park Street police station
A written order handed to the management of the Park Street hotel on Tuesday afternoon mentioned that the department had learnt that liquor had been served on Saturday night beyond the stipulated time of 8pm.
A written order handed to the management of the Park Street hotel on Tuesday afternoon mentioned that the department had learnt that liquor had been served on Saturday night beyond the stipulated time of 8pm.
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Kinsuk Basu   |   Calcutta   |   Published 14.07.21, 12:56 AM

The state excise department has barred The Park, from where 37 people were arrested early on Sunday for allegedly partying in violation of Covid norms, from serving alcohol in all its 10 bars and rooms till further notice.

A written order handed to the management of the Park Street hotel on Tuesday afternoon mentioned that the department had learnt that liquor had been served on Saturday night beyond the stipulated time of 8pm, in violation of the state government’s order under the Disaster Management Act.

Hence, the hotel had been barred from serving liquor.

“The FIR drawn up by police says that during the Saturday night party, liquor was served in the hotel’s corridor. When we asked the hotel authorities whether liquor served to the revelers was from their bar or from other sources, they couldn’t give any satisfactory reply,” said an official of the excise department.

A case has been lodged under various sections of the Disaster Management Act and the Indian Penal Code with Park Street police station.

On Sunday, the excise department, which is responsible for licensing outlets serving or selling alcohol, questioned some hotel officials after going through details of the FIR. 

Officials of the department said they found out that liquor had been served to guests at the Saturday night party in the corridor adjoining rooms.

“Had the guests been drinking in their rooms, we would have no role to play. But that wasn’t the case with this particular party,” an official of the department said. “The state government’s order related to Covid curbs says all bar-cum-restaurants, including those in hotels, have to shut by 8pm.”

The detective department of Calcutta police, which is probing the case, has asked a few officials of the hotel, including the floor manager and the food and beverage manager, to appear for a round of questioning at Lalbazar on Wednesday.

“The FIR has the name of the hotel. We would like to know who had arranged for the DJ and the console sets for the Saturday night party and whether the revelry was restricted to the guests who had booked rooms or there were guests from outside,” an officer of the detective department said.

Among the 37 persons arrested, seven were remanded in police custody and two in judicial custody. The rest were released on bail.



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