70 held in bar raids

KATHMANDU: The police conducted a series of raids on dance bars, guest houses and restaurants and arrested at least 70 persons in the Kathmandu Valley over a weekend.

The places that were raided were

long believed to be the ‘frontline of

immoral activities and a breeding ground of crime.’

The night-time raids were carried out after harried locals living nearby the dance bars and restaurants lodged complaints seeking police help to make the city a better and quieter place to live in. The business enterprises facing the music of the police for indulging and causing to indulge in immoral activities are Malika Guest House (New Baneshwor), Sensor Bar (Thamel) and Gajalu Ankha Dance Bar (Sundhara).

SSP Rana Bahadur Chand, in-charge at the Metropolitan Police Crime Division, said 70 persons, including 30 women and girls were arrested during the raid.

“They have been charged with disturbing peace and security under the Public Offences Act,” he said. The arrested comprise bar owners, restaurant workers and their clients.