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Fingerprints, face scanning mooted for entry to nightclubs

Fingerprints, face scanning mooted for entry to nightclubs

Gurugram: The Gurugram administration is planning to implement stricter guidelines for the entry to the nightclubs in Gurugram, especially in MG road. If all goes according to the plan, it will be mandatory for all the party goers coming to the nightclubs to mark their entry through the biometric systems. Further, the faces of all the customers will be scanned and fingerprints will be taken. The new guidelines by the Gurugram administration come at a time when Punjab and Haryana high court in its recent order stated that the pubs and bars in Gurugram should not face closure.

However, the high court also stated that Gurugram police now has the liberty to conduct raids and create a mechanism wherein law and order in these places are maintained. Sources in the public department mentioned that they are waiting for the order copy of the high court after which they will go ahead in executing the plan.

Though a major cash generator, a large number of criminal activities that involve flesh trade, drug pedalling, betting to even the sale of illegal firearms have been busted in the places of recreation. Recently a person of Afghan origin was arrested after he was found selling drugs in some of these famous pubs and bars.

Not expressing any surprise of the criminal activities that are happening in the nightclubs, the law enforcement officials are now gearing up to the challenge of tackling the problem head-on.

Two raids have been conducted on the pubs ever since the new police commissioner KK Rao has taken charge in which more than 50 people have been apprehended for indulging in unethical activities. To deal with the crimes like prostitution and sex racket that is prevalent in various nightclubs of Gurugram, the top cop has directed the pubs and bars for restricted entry of women.

Acknowledging that this suggestion is controversial, the Gurugram police commissioner has further mentioned that it is not difficult to distinguish between the woman who is involved and the sex racket from the rest. The move by the district administration has been also supported by the residents, especially those living around the MG road.

On July 29, residents living along the MG road are refusing to budge on the issue of cancellation of licences of pubs and bars where there is a perception of illegal activities taking place on a large scale.

Second time in a row, hundreds of residents descended upon the busy streets of Mall Mile in order to express their anger loud and clear to the government that they want strict action against the errant pubs and bars. Subsequently, six pubs and bars were sealed after which the matter was sent to the courts for hearing.

Piyush Ohrie

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