Mangaluru, Sep 28, 2015: further to media reports, Police Commissioner S. Murugan spoke to media and admitted that the Sub Inspector of Mangaluru North Police had granted permission for use of sound systems for a party in a hotel. It had been sought on the ground that they were holding a musical evening.
The sub-inspector, routinely had granted permission, he said. He added that the police have every right to stop an event at any time if the organisers failed to fulfill legal requirements.
The sub-inspector ought to have examined why the hotel management was seeking permission, before giving approval. Subsequently the police got to know that liquor was being served at the event. Bajrang Dal activists had lodged a complaint against the event.
Police Commissioner S. Murugan said party organisers had not obtained CL4 and CL7 licences required under the Excise Act for providing liquor and hence permission was cancelled. They had failed to fulfill legal requirements, and have a duty to stop such events. The police went to the hotel as the organisers continued the event despite refusal of permission.
The Commissioner said an inquiry would be made to find out why permission was issued. Denying the presence of Bajrang Dal activists along with police at the hotel, and also of reports that women attending had been shooed away by the police, he said nothing of the sort happened. Those who had come went away on their own after being aware of the situation.