249 revelers test positive in rave bust
The state Forensic Laboratory hands over medical reports of the young revelers caught during the rave bust on the eve of Holi, reports Yogesh Joshi.Updated: Apr 07, 2007, 19:38 IST
As many as 249 revelers, arrested in the rave bust near Pune during the first week of March, have been found positive for the drugs in their final medical report.
However, going by the indications from top police officials, it is unlikely that these young boys and girls will be prosecuted for severe punishment under Narcotics Drugs Psychotropic Substances (NDPS), the act under which they have been booked during the raid on rave party.
On Saturday, the state Forensic Laboratory handed over the medical reports of all the 280 young revelers arrested during the rave bust on the eve of Holi, to rural police. "Out of 280 youngsters, 249 have been found positive of drug.
The percentage of girls found to have been consumed drugs is almost 80 per cent", Supritendent of Police (Pune rural) Vishwas Nagre Patil told the Hindustan Times.
Patil at the same time also indicated that there is provision in the NDPS act 64 (a), youths having done drugs for the first time can be let off after giving warning and sending to rehabilitation center for a brief period. "I will have to see if police have powers to let these youths off after giving warning under NDPS act 64 (a)", said Patil.
The police had arrested 250 young boys and 30 girls including IT professionals, air hostess, and students, from the farmhouse rave party at the foothills of Sinhagad fort near Pune. About 2.5 kgs of ganja, charas, seven bottles of phenyn fine hydrochloride (Californian drop), beer tins, were seized from the party venue.
Most of the revelers had come to attend the party from cities like Delhi, Mumbai, Thane, Ahemadabad. These youngsters, mostly from well-to-do families had to spend almost couple of days in the Yerwada central prison following their arrest. The crackdown on rave party had send shockwaves among the society as it was for the first time that such large number youths were arrested in rave bust.
According to the medical reports, the seven main organizers and the seven foreigners including a German DJ Dakshinmurthy are also tested positive during the medical tests.
It was however not clear that how many of these 249 youngsters, have been found for soft drugs or hard contraband items like phenyn fine hydrochloride (Californian drop). Police have already made it clear that those who will be tested negative will be discharged from the case.