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30 women among 130 held in raid on cinema

KARACHI: More than 130 persons including 30 women were nabbed on charges of obscenity within the premises of a cinema house on M A Jinnah Road on August 16, police said.

A senior police official told The News that a raid headed by Rauf Siddiqui, the provincial Minister for Home Affairs, was conducted at a cinema house on a tip off in which 130 persons including 30 women and owner of the cinema house, his son and other staff were arrested on charges of immoral activities.

The area people told The News that suddenly heavy contingents of police and rangers appeared, which surrounded the cinema house on Monday evening, during a matinee show.

The raiding police party arrested 100 males including Akber, the owner of cinema house, his son Sami, Tariq and Javed, the two managers along with technical and other staff, while 30 women were also nabbed from the cinema house.

The arrested women and most of the nabbed males were found busy in unethical and immoral acts, police said.

During the initial investigations it was revealed that these immoral activities were going on for the last several months under the alleged patronisation of the area police, the raiding party told The News.

The arrested males, females and cinema owner and staff were first brought to the Preedy police station and then cases were registered against them in Saddar police station.

Fayyaz Ahmed Khan Leghari, the DIG Operations Karachi told The News that SHO Saddar has been suspended and demoted, besides pending a departmental enquiry against him.

Meanwhile, police on Monday arrested 33 accused persons including 13 gamblers from various parts of the city and claimed to have recovered three pistols, a rifle, fake currency, a goat, 12 buffaloes and other stolen goods from their possession.

Source: The News

Date:8/17/2004