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Police: coke/smack

OVER 30 hours after the drug-and-booze party, which landed Rahul Mahajan in the hospital and killed his father?s aide Vivek Moitra, the police on Saturday took the first certain steps in the case.

india Updated: Jun 04, 2006 10:54 IST

OVER 30 hours after the drug-and-booze party, which landed Rahul Mahajan in the hospital and killed his father’s aide Vivek Moitra, the police on Saturday took the first certain steps in the case.

They registered an FIR to investigate into what exactly happened at the party at 7, Safdarjung Road residence on Thursday night, and a few hours later made the first arrest in the case. The fourth guest at the party, Sahil Zarru, absconding since the incident, was picked up by the police in Srinagar and later arrested.

The 21-year-old Sahil, a friend of Moitra, made a dramatic appearance with his lawyer in front of mediapersons before being taken away by the police. He is being brought to Delhi.

The case registered at the Tughlaq Road police station, under 27 NDPS Act (consumption of narcotic substance) and destruction of evidence, was initially against unnamed people. In the evening, the police arrested Sahil, saying the evidence and statements of witnesses indicated that Sahil had consumed narcotic substance. The police said the narcotic substance could be a mixture of cocaine and some other drug, possibly, heroine.

In Srinagar, Sahil told reporters he had tasted “a white powder” at Mahajan’s place.

"They (Mahajan and Moitra) tasted some white powder, after which they started vomiting. I too tasted the powder and it caused pain in my stomach. I fell unconscious and was taken to hospital," he said. According to the police, Sahil had brought the three others -- Karan Ahuja, Trishay Khanna and Rahul Malhotra -- to the party. A student in a Mumbai college, Sahil has roots in Kashmir and is familiar with Delhi. He has a house in Defence Colony and his father and uncle, both carpet dealers, have shops in two five-star hotels here. "Two things have come out very clearly in our investigation. Firstly, it has been established beyond doubt that drugs were brought to Mahajan's house on Thursday night.

The reaction was a result of an overdose. We'll establish this," a police officer said.

Asked how the police registered a case under NDPS Act without getting a confirmation from CFSL that the recovered powder was a psychotropic drug, additional DCP Manish Aggarwal, said, "The case has been registered on the basis of preliminary facts." He added that Trishay, Karan and Rahul were being questioned and that Mahajan's clothes had been sent for forensic tests. Moitra's post-mortem report submitted to the police has detailed findings except the cause of death, which would be known once the viscera report is out. Aggarwal said they had information about the drug peddler who sold the stuff.