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Crackdown on obscenity and sex crime
Weeks After a crackdown on a party of customs officers and bar dancers in Khandala, the police busted another on grounds of obscenity, this time in Sangvi. The group comprised 27 students ó 15 male, 12 female and all African. They are studying at various colleges in Pune.
"They were partying at a bungalow. When the police arrived there, they found the students drunk and dancing, with beer bottles all over the place and loud music being played on the terrace. The police seized some liquor bottles, music systems and two laptops," said Deputy Commisioner of Police Mahesh Patil.
Pornographic films were stored in the laptops, he said. At the Khandala party, an adult movie was being actually played out when the police arrived.
The Sangvi raid followed complaints by local residents that the noise was disturbing them. The police raided the bungalow and arrested the group, comprising 22 Tanzanians besides students from Sudan, Namibia, Burundi, Malawi and South Africa.
The police defended the crackdown on foreign students. "We have full respect for foreign tourists and foriegn students who come to the city to study. But as far as the law is concerned, no transgression will be tolerated," said Police Commisioner Satyapal Singh.
The police said the girl students tried to resist arrest and got into a scuffle with women constables. Some of them also threw stones at journalists. The police booked the group for obscene acts (Section 292), obstruction to government work ((Section 353) and other sections of the Indian Penal Code. They also booked the owner of the bungalow. "Before giving a bungalow or a flat on rent, it is the owner's responsibility to inform the police, which this owner didn't do," said DCP Patil.
The owner is out of town, said his brother James Haskip. "Around two months ago we had given our bungalow to four students to stay. I don't know anything about the party," Haskip said.