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Hotel owner, event organiser booked for cheating


Mumbai:The owner of a non-operational luxury hotel, an event organising company and its management were today booked for allegedly cheating thousands of revellers after taking money to host a New Year’s eve party, which failed to take off in suburban Juhu, police said.

The event, which was promoted as “NYE – Macau Midnight Madness” at the premises of Tulip Star Hotel (erstwhile Juhu Centaur Hotel), the event management company Purple Stone Entertainment offered passes online for anything between Rs 2,000 and 8,000 for the party, they said.

The complainant Nikhil Doshi (31), who works in an IT company and resides in Santacruz, told PTI, “I had gone with my wife after booking the tickets online. I paid Rs 3,800 for the  couple entry ticket.

“But I was shocked and disappointed when I reached the hotel at about 10.15 PM. There was commotion and people were banging the ticket counters to get passes by showing online booking printouts.”

According to Santacruz police, the organisers had promised that international and Indian disk-jockeys (DJ)and Macau dancers would be performing at the event.

However, none of the artistes turned up for the event, revellers claimed.

The crowd started pouring in at the premises from around 8 PM but no proper arrangements were in place to issue passes to those who booked tickets online and revellers alleged that the party never started, police said.

According to the police, the music was played initially for a while but later it was stopped due to overcrowding and mismanagement.

Reena Dewnani (40), a doctor from Khar and one of the guests at the event, said the organisers should not be spared.

“We got the passes delivered at our residence. I along with my family and friends had gone by paying about Rs 13,000 in cash. Three children were with us as the organisers claimed there would be a kids zone as well. We reached the venue at about 9 PM but at about 10.15 PM, crowd started pouring in and there was a complete chaos,” Dewnani said.

“There were no enough security personnel also. The organisers told us that about 3,000 guests would be there but the number could have crossed over 6,000. E-commerce websites using which passes were sold to guests should also be prosecuted,” she added.

Even after the spot was overcrowded, the organisers were selling more tickets at the venue by charging Rs 5,000 per person, police said.

“The organisers and the hotel owner were booked under IPC sections 420 (Cheating and dishonestly inducing delivery of property) and 34 (Acts done by several persons in furtherance of common intention),” Arun Chavan, Senior Inspector at Santacruz Police Station told PTI.

No arrests have been made yet, Chavan added.
The capacity of the venue was 4,000 but about 6000 to 7,000 people turned up for the New Year party, police said.