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Police train guns on pubs, parties

india Updated: Oct 08, 2008 01:20 IST
Megha Sood
Megha Sood
Hindustan Times
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Following the crackdown on drug peddlers at Juhu’s Bombay 72 degree East pub, the police have decided to keep a close watch on all pubs, five-star hotels, discos and party spots in the city.

“All the pubs and five-star hotels are under our scanner. We have also placed sources at various pubs and discos who will inform us about parties where drug peddling and consumption take place. If drugs are used, we will take action like we did on Sunday,” said Deputy Commissioner of Police Vishwas Nagre Patil, who has the additional charge of the Anti-Narcotics Bureau.

Sources from the police department said they would track parties that were attended by the children of celebrities and big businessmen to arrest drug peddlers.

Peddlers usually targeted such parties as only these youngsters could afford the expensive party drugs, they said. Another regular attendees are call-centre employees and the police will be keeping a wacth on them too.

“I have been giving lectures in colleges, and with the help of volunteers from these colleges we will carry out raids and sting operations to bust rave parties,” said Patil.

Patil said most rave parties were held in the western suburbs, hence the police would form special teams to nab the drug suppliers at these spots. “The eight drug suppliers of Juhu party are just foot soldiers. We will get links about other drug suppliers from them and try to close the drug racket in the city. We are going to use hidden cameras in hotels and pubs where we doubt drugs are distributed.”