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Pubs raided, four arrested

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HYDERABAD: Excise Department officials on Saturday night conducted raids on popular pubs and bar-cum-restaurants in the twin cities and arrested four persons, including two underage students. Ten special teams comprising 50 personnel raided at least 15 pubs and bars at Begumpet, Banjara Hills, Jubilee Hills and Punjagutta for selling liquor to youngsters below 21 years. The managers of Extreme Sports Bar and Fusion9 -- Sandeep Antony and David, respectively, were arrested for serving liquor to them.Two students aged between 19 and 20 were taken into custody for consuming liquor The raids were consequent on information that pubs and bars were serving liquor to youngsters below 21 years. Excise Commissioner Vinod Kumar Agarwal took a serious note of the violations and directed officials to constitute special teams to conduct raids. Cases under Section 36(1) (C) of the Excise Act were registered against the two managers, while students were charged with Section 34 (9) of the Excise Act. They were later released on bail.

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