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Khalapur rave: 90% took drugs

Of the 306 people who attended the June 26 rave party at Khalapur, 275 tested positive for drugs, confirmed test reports on Saturday.

mumbai Updated: Oct 16, 2011 01:42 IST
Mohamed Thaver
Mohamed Thaver
Hindustan Times

Of the 306 people who attended the June 26 rave party at Khalapur, 275 tested positive for drugs, confirmed test reports on Saturday.

The reports, sent by the Forensic Science Laboratory (FSL) at Kalina to the Raigad police, revealed that 261 tested positive for cannabis-related drugs and 14 tested positive for MDMA - better known as ecstasy. Those who tested positive include suspended police inspector Anil Jadhav, who is attached with the anti-narcotics cell.

"The Raigad police wanted the test reports on certain individuals like Jadhav on a priority basis. We have now completed tests on all the 612 samples - blood and urine samples - and sent the final report to them," said an FSL official, requesting anonymity.

"In the past, we found several high party drugs such as LSD at such parties. In this particular instance, however, persons tested positive for ecstasy, a high-end party drug," the official said.

The official, however, added that LSD - a highly volatile drug - is detected only if the blood and urine test is conducted within a couple of hours after it has been taken. "In this case, however, we received the samples two days after the rave party and hence it is possible that even if someone did use LSD, it may have gone undetected," added the official.

The rave party was busted by the crime branch along with the local police at Mount View Resort on the old Mumbai-Pune highway on June 26.

The crackdown led to the arrests of Aparajit Anil Mittal, chief operating officer of Hotel Mount View hotel, Jadhav, his aide, Sunil Ghule, alleged party organisers Snehjit Sajalkar, Kushankumar Sujankumar and hotel manager Rahul Khanna.

Accused could get six months behind bars
The Raigad police will now act on the report given by the Kalina Forensic Science Laboratory and arrest those who tested positive for drugs.

Superintendent of Police, Raigad, RD Shinde told the Hindustan Times, "Those who tested positive for drugs will be arrested and presented before the court, where the future course of action will be decided."

Those booked for using drugs for personal consumption can opt for de-addiction and avoid the six-month jail term. So far, the Raigad police have arrested six persons, including police inspector Anil Jadhav attached to the Anti-Narcotics Cell. The arrested persons are presently out on bail.

First Published: Oct 16, 2011 01:40 IST