The Mumbai police’s Anti-Narcotics Cell raided a rave party at Gorai, in the early hours of Sunday. The team rounded up more than 90 revellers present. Of them, 13 who were found in possession of drugs, were on Monday remanded in police custody till September 29.
In an interview, former encounter specialist sub-inspector Kedar Pawar, who got the tip-off that led to the raid, spoke about how the crackdown took place.
The slightly-balding 6-foot-tall inspector, who is in his late-30s, spent over five hours at the party with a woman colleague to observe the goings-on so that they could nail the offenders later in court.
I was the first to receive a tip-off about the rave party at Gorai from a source, who referred me to a website — Om Shivam Sai. My colleagues from the Anti-Narcotics Cell were certain that raiding it would be worthwhile because we were sure drugs would be freely available there.
The raid was given the go-ahead by my senior, Deputy Commissioner of Police Dilip Srirao. A team was put in place to nab the offenders.
Dressed in jeans and a T-shirt, I walked into a bungalow in Uttan village, which had a shamiana (tent) on the lawn, a little before midnight. I was accompanied by my female colleague. We both paid Rs 500 to enter the rave.
My role was to watch the revellers closely so that we could later build a watertight case against them in court. So I stayed at the party for over five hours with my colleague, pretending to be under the influence of drugs.
What I saw was stunning. My first impression was that I had walked into the set of the title song from the movie Hare Rama Hare Krishna. There were over 90 people, mostly boys and around six girls; all were high on drugs.
I saw girls meticulously removing tobacco from cigarettes and pressing some charas (hand-made hashish, which is derived from marijuana) into it, which cost Rs 100 a goli (literally small ball, which is how the drug is sold). The drug is also known as Kali on the party circuit because of its colour.
A drop of LSD (Lysergic Acid Diethylamide, a hallucinogenic drug) on the wrist cost Rs 500.
I also saw people consuming the drug using blotting paper, placed on their tongue.
Half-an-hour into the party, I noticed that one Mansur Kara was busy pushing the drugs and collecting money. We later identified two others as Shakeel Chandiwala and Harsh Verma.
Almost all revellers were dancing on the lawn to trance music, spun by a professional DJ.
All this while, I was also in touch with the team, who positioned themselves a little distance away.
I decided to strike when the party was at its height, around 1 am. The ploy worked — almost all revellers and traffickers were in for a shock when policemen barged into the bungalow and declared that everyone was under arrest.
On searching their mobiles, we found that everyone had received a text message giving details of the rave on Sunday morning. Most arrested belonged to the middle-class, many were employed in call centres.
Preliminary investigations have indicated that the bungalow was hired for Rs 60,000. The party was organised by one Sushil, who managed to give us the slip. The traffickers confessed that they supply drugs at such parties daily, mostly held at bungalows in Marve, Gorai, Bandra and Peddar Road.
As told to J. Dey