Clubs in city were free of narcotics during the screening of the World Cup final on Saturday, claims the anti-narcotic cell (ANC) of the Mumbai crime branch.
“At such time, there is usually a free flow of narcotics. There is an increase in supply as there is an increase in demand for drugs,” said an ANC officer on condition of anonymity, as he is not authorised to speak to the media.
The ANC had received information that narcotics were being used in around 15-20 posh clubs in the city where spectators had gathered to watch the final match between Sri Lanka and India. The ANC officers kept a close vigil on these clubs, but didn’t find any usage of drugs.
Sunil Paraskar, deputy commissioner of police, ANC, said while most officers were busy with the security arrangements, they kept a strict vigil at the clubs they had received tip-offs about. “Our men were doing rounds of the clubs in plain clothes to keep a watch on the activities of the people there. They did not find anything suspicious,” Paraskar.
Paraskar said their informants were also keeping a watch on various clubs and a team of officers was dispatched to the venue on receiving any information from the former.
“Maybe this time the viewers, even at the club, were more interested in watching the match rather than consuming drugs,” said an officer on condition of anonymity.
However, another ANC officer said this did not mean that no drugs were used. “It could be that the usage was the same or even more, but the place where it was available, bought and used were different,” he said.
The supply of narcotics in the city did not see a steep rise, which indicates that the demand was nearly the same as it was before the World Cup started, the ANC said.