Raipur: Soon after chief minister Bhupesh Baghel announced a complete ban on hookah bars in the state, Raipur police launched a crackdown on hookah bars in the city on Friday night.
Chairing a conference of Superintendents of Police and Inspectors General of Police on Friday afternoon, chief minister Bhupesh Baghel instructed that hookah bars should be completely banned in the state.
During the crackdown, Police raided four hookah bars in the Telibandha area, hundreds of hookahs were seized overnight and action has been taken against bar operators.
According to police, the team raided many cafes in the night with the arrangement of hookahs. All the hookah pots were recovered by the police. The police also warned youth present in cafes and parlors not to smoke the hookah pots again. Hookah bar operators have also been instructed not to serve hookah in their places anymore. This police action continued till late at night.
Meanwhile, chief minister Bhupesh Baghel lauded the efforts of the Raipur police to make the city hookah-free. Baghel re-tweeted a tweet of Raipur police on his official Twitter handle with the caption “Well done Raipur Police”.