The Park a regular party zone during Covid times, say police
Calcutta Police believe that violation of Covid protocols is a regular affair at The Park from where over 30 people were arrested early on Sunday for holding a midnight party on the corridors of one of its floors.
The detective department has asked the hotel administration to submit CCTV footage from all the floors of the hotel of the last one month to help probe the violation. Police have also sought records of bookings, including names and number of persons who stayed at the hotel in the same period.
“It appears that such acts of revelry are now common at the hotel which puts the lives of people at risk, in the current pandemic situation. If other such events were also held at the venue, we will have to find out those involved. They are not only breaking the law but putting to risk lives of many people in the community,” said a police officer.
The Park, in a statement released earlier, had admitted that its premises were being used a “weekend getaway.”
“Many of our patrons and their friends or families book stays in the hotel as a weekend getaway on a regular basis,” the statement read.
Late on Saturday night, police had raided the hotel on Park Street and arrested 37 people for defying Covid-19 protocols. Some of those arrested also got involved in resisting and manhandling the cops.
The police had information for at least 10 days that people were booking two or three rooms, even during weekdays, and partying. Maintaining Covid restrictions, the hotel has kept its bar and restaurants shut. Guests staying at the hotel, including the 37 arrested on Sunday, had been arranging for their own booze.
Among the items seized from the rooms rented on the third floor of the hotel, in the corridor of which the party with loud music played by a DJ was held, were four liquor bottles and four glasses. The police have also seized two Pioneer DJ consoles, one amplifier, two sound boxes, one DJ light, three hookahs, one pouch of marijuana and 38 mobile phones.
“The revellers ignored the hotel staff request to call off the party and continued till well past midnight. When we reached the hotel, it was around 1am. The loudspeakers were blaring, and voices were drowned in the noise. None of the accused stopped even after we identified ourselves,” said a police officer.
Some of the accused had pushed and manhandled the police with choicest abuses when they were told to stop the party.
“Guest and staff safety being our utmost priority, the bars and restaurants at our hotel are shut on the basis of Covid-19 protocols. Many of our patrons and their friends or families book stays in the hotel as a weekend getaway on a regular basis. We are complying with all rules and regulations and would continue to do so and there has been no violation. We are fully cooperating with the authorities,” read the statement issued by The Park authorities.