Raid on illegal video parlour in Chikhali

Head of the entertainment tax dept Geetanjali Shirke said the officials confiscated two LCD TVs, 70 cassettes and other related items from the parlour

The entertainment branch of the district collectorate on Friday raided a video parlour allegedly operating illegally for the past three years in Chikhali area of Pimpri-Chinchwad.

Head of the entertainment tax department Geetanjali Shirke said the officials confiscated two LCDs, 70 cassettes and other related items from the parlour. "The parlour was operating for the past three years and was screening popular Hindi and Bhojpuri movies. It has a seating capacity of 300 and during the raid we found them screening two movies," said Shirke.

As per the entertainment duty tax 1923 rules, prior permission has to be obtained for screening movies in video parlours besides paying tax. "Unauthorised screening of movies attract heavy fine that could go into lakhs," she said.

The raid that lasted for three hours was conducted by the officers of the entertainment branch and the local police. Shirke said post the raids, they will take both civil and criminal action against the owners of the parlours.

"We have asked the local crime branch to check the cassettes for any objectionable content," she said.

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