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Bengal cop R K Mohanty detained in Mumbai hotel for 3 hrs on Republic Day 2006

Bengal cop R K Mohanty detained in Mumbai hotel for 3 hrs on Republic Day 2006
Jan 28, 2006
MUMBAI, JANUARY 27 A Republic Day visit to a Mumbai hotel turned into a nightmare for West Bengal Director General (Armed Police) R K Mohanty (57), who was allegedly detained by the staff for three hours. His offence: he reportedly protested against the serving of alcohol to foreigners on a national dry day and then spoke to the media.

In Mumbai for the day, Mohanty had decided to have dinner with his niece, Bombay HC lawyer Madhuri Sharma (45). But when the duo got to the Powai hotel, Mohanty was surprised to see a number of people being served alcohol.

He decided to try and get a drink, but was refused. ‘‘They told me only foreigners were being served alcohol, not Indians,’’ Mohanty said. ‘‘I thought the very idea of such discrimination atrocious, 60 years after Independence.” Soon, Mohanty related the incident to a TV crew that arrived at the site for a story on Republic Day.

Hotel authorities then locked the doors and asked him to stop speaking to the reporters. Mohanty said he then asked the hotel authorities to call the police if they thought he had violated a law. They reportedly refused. Finally, Mohanty himself called up his batchmate, Maharashtra DGP P S Pasricha, who sent a police team to get the group out.

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