Hyderabad: The Punjagutta police, on 6 February, registered a case against Lisbon Pub operating on the premises of the Country Club at Begumpet under charges of performing obscene acts.

Based on a tip-off, a team from the Punjagutta police station led by sub-inspector M. Arun Kumar along with the west zone task force raided Lisbon Resto Bar & Pub (Lisbon Pub) on late Saturday night. The police apprehended 28 persons, including staff members and guests, who were at the pub while a group of women were performing "obscene dances".

The police rescued the women, produced them before the court, and sent them to a care home. Meanwhile, they are trying to nab the manager and other personnel.

According to the police, the women were lured with attractive remuneration and then forced to perform obscene acts at the pub. Organizers Murali and Banti and employees N. Venu Gopal and Nandeeshwar are absconding.

The police have served notices to all 28 persons and let them off. They are also analyzing CCTV footage to verify more details and have also seized the records of the pub. Further investigation is in progress, said police officers.

In December 2019 also, City police commissioner's Task Force sleuths of West zone raided Lisbon Restobar and Pub at Begumpet and took 31 pubgoers and the three persons of the management into custody under the charges of resorting to ''indecent acts''.

Panjagutta police booked a case under section 294 of IPC which prescribes three months imprisonment for any obscene act in public place. While there is no evidence of any immoral trafficking or stripping of clothes or any nude dancing police said that the Lisbon Restobar and Pub is attended by the 'mass people' locally and they are resorting to 'indecent act'. Pubgoers alleged that this act of arresting them in the pub is 'moral policing'.

However, cops said that in June 2019, a Tollywood junior artist who claimed as a dancer was dragged and thrashed by her women colleges for not 'performing sex acts with a customer' in Lisbon Restobar and Pub.

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