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After Mumbai, it's rave rage in Kullu

Rave parties are no longer a rage in metros alone. Echoes of trance music reverberate the forests of Kullu valley as well. Gaurav Bisht reports.

india Updated: May 22, 2012 14:34 IST
Gaurav Bisht
Gaurav Bisht
Hindustan Times
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Rave parties are no longer a rage in metros alone. Echoes of trance music reverberate the forests of Kullu valley as well.

With the tourist season catching up, the scenic Kullu valley is beating to a different tune of trance and music. Bands of foreigners and Indians willing to escape the eye of the law prefer deep woods to organise trance parties. But, this revived rave wave is keeping the police on their toes. “We have constituted special teams to keep a check on rave parties in the area,” Kullu Superintendent of Police Ashok Kumar told Hindustan Times.

Following a tip-off about one such rave party, cops trekked the forest of Challal village located close to Kasol and high on popularity with foreign tourists. However, all they could lay their hands on were empty packs of cigarettes, bottles of alcohol and empty matchboxes. The cops also raided the forest near Tosh village in Manikaran village late last night, but the revelers managed to escape from the scene.

Intelligence inputs point towards synthetic drugs being made available to partygoers. An Israeli backpacker Moshe Molinas was recently held with synthetic drugs, including a powerful psychedelic drug. “Cops recovered synthetic drugs and both Indian currency and Euros from him. It appears that these drugs had been smuggled for rave parties,” said Kullu SP Ashok Kumar.

Police also recently rounded up a Dehradun-based resident for organising rave parties in the forests above Kasol village. The organizer reportedly charged Rs 2,000 to Rs 3,000 as the entry fee. Information gathered by the cops revealed that about 1,500 foreigners and the same number of local tourists had attended the party.

The sub-divisional offices in Kullu receive frequent requests for organising rave parties. “The administration does not allow anyone to organize such parties. Permission is possible only for arranging music and that too in compliance with the high court orders,” Navin Dhiman, Kullu Sub-Divisional Magistrate said. The fad of rave parties has taken the Indians too by the storm, particularly teenagers who throng the valley to attend such parties. This year alone, nearly 19 persons, including half-a-dozen foreigners, have been arrested for peddling drugs ranging from hash oil to synthetic, marijuana, opium and smack have been recovered from their possession.

First Published: May 22, 2012 13:18 IST