The Mumbai police arrested eight drug peddlers and detained 231 youngsters on Monday after they busted a rave party in a pub inside a hotel in Juhu. The police also arrested a hotel manager for organising the party.
Many of the detained had Bollywood connections — actor Aditya Pancholi’s daugher and actor Shakti Kapoor’s son. Among those detained were 35 women.
All the youngsters were first taken to a police station, where their identities were ascertained and their parents contacted. Thereafter, doctors were called to take their blood and urine samples. They were then allowed to go home.
All the youngsters would be considered innocent until the results of the tests from the forensic laboratory are received, the police said. Doctors said the results would be ready in three to four days, but police officials said it could take longer, given the huge number of samples."Only those who test positive for drug consumption will be charged and produced in court," said Vishwas Nangre Patil, deputy commissioner of police who led the raid and is also in charge of the Anti-Narcotics Cell.
"Rest will be let off because attending a rave party in itself is not a crime."
The maximum punishment for the consumption of drugs is six months.
This is one of the biggest rave parties — all-night dance parties where people take drugs and listen to music — that the police have raided in Mumbai in recent times.
Of late, Mumbai, along with northern Karnataka, has emerged as a hotspot for rave parties and peddlers of lifestyle drugs, with Goa losing its status as the undisputed party hub in this part of the country.