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Anti-narcotics cell had eye on pubs, clubs since July raid

mumbai Updated: Nov 17, 2009 01:21 IST
Megha Sood
Megha Sood
Hindustan Times
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The homework that officers of the Anti narcotics Cell (ANC) had been doing since their raid outside Vie Lounge in Juhu four months ago, finally paid off after the arrest of disc jockey (DJ) Jolly alias Baljit Singh on Saturday.

The ANC arrested 24-year-old Jolly — a DJ of Hawaiian Shack in Bandra — and his accomplice Sachin Singh with 450 gm of charas. The duo was allegedly selling drugs to a customer.

“This was the first time, Jolly had brought drugs from Jalandhar to sell for easy money,” said Sunil Paraskar, deputy commissioner of police, ANC.

After the raid on Vie Lounge in July, the ANC had started keeping a watch on pubs and clubs and had prepared a list of DJs and bouncers involved in or having knowledge of the business.

“Places near pubs and clubs are hubs for peddling dugs so we had roped in pub employees to help,” said an officer requesting anonymity because he is not authorised to speak to the media.

The ANC got leads of the involvement of DJs when the Israeli DJ from 72 Degrees pub Ben Simons (Technodrome) was arrested in Juhu last year.

“Our officers used to enter clubs in disguise with cameras and microphones to look for peddling and consumption. In July we found drugs being peddled outside Vie Lounge,” the officer said.

With Jolly’s arrest, the ANC now has leads about others DJs and people from Bollywood involved in peddling.

The ANC plans to keep stricter vigil in and around pubs, clubs and discos.