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3 men who partied with Rahul Mahajan surrender

The three persons, who were with Rahul and his secretary on Thursday night, gave themselves up to the police tonight.

india Updated: Jun 03, 2006 00:02 IST

The three persons, who were with slain BJP leader Pramod Mahajan's son Rahul and his secretary Vivek Moitra at a party on Thursday night, gave themselves up to the police on Friday night.

Earlier, a TV news channel reported after claiming to have talked to the trio that Rahul Mahajan and Vivek Moitra appeared to have snuffed cocaine given by them. They were with them till they collapsed on Thursday night.

The channel said three men in their 20s, one of whom was known to Moitra, went to Mahajan's house at around 11.30 pm. Fifteen minutes later Moitra took one of them to a room who later came out saying "they have gone mad, they want the stuff."

The three, according to the channel, claimed they were not suppliers or users of the drug and agreed to fetch it. On the way one of them pulled out and another friend joined. The three went to posh south Delhi area of Vasant Vihar and bought a packet of stuff for Rs 15,000 from a dealer.

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Once back at Mahajan's residence, Rahul rolled out a Rs 500 note and snorted the stuff believed to be cocaine. Moitra also used it. After sometime he was frothing in the mouth while Rahul appeared to be in deep slumber, the channel quoting the trio said.

It was then the trio woke up the drivers and others at the residence and put Rahul and Moitra in two different cars and sent them to hospital.

The channel said the three men were rattled by the development and would like to tell the police about what all happened.

Rahul Mahajan's condition critical

The condition of Rahul Mahajan, who was admitted to Apollo Hospital on Friday for suspected poisoning, continues to be critical and has been put on life support system.

Mahajan's condition is a "bit serious" but stable and the next 24 hours are critical for his health, Dr Nirmal Surya, his family physician, told reporters at the hospital. He claimed that Rahul did not show any symptom of drug overdose.

However, doctors are yet to ascertain the substance consumed by him at a late night party, attended by three unidentified persons, where his father BJP leader late Pramod Mahajan's secretary Vivek Moitra was also present.

Moitra was brought in dead to Apollo after suspected food poisoning while Mahajan was admitted to the intensive care unit in the wee hours.

"Some toxin has affected his respiratory system. We do know what it is. It is hard to tell now," said Surya, who flew in from Mumbai after hearing about Rahul's condition.

He said Mahajan, 26, had been taking anti-depressants for the last three years and had increased the dosage two days back as he had been feeling low after his father's death.

"Rahul had been suffering from anxiety and depression since a meningitis attack in 2002 and this had aggravated after his father's death," Surya said.

He, however, ruled out the possibility of any reaction of anti-depressants with liquor, as the quantity of his medicinal intake was very less. Mahajan allegedly had consumed champagne during the late night party.

Besides internal medicine specialist Prasad Rao, the team of doctors attending on him include nephrologists and cardiologists.

First Published: Jun 02, 2006 08:30 IST