Pubdate: Mon, 25 Sep 2006
Source: Hindustan Times (India)
Copyright: 2006, Hindustan Times Ltd.


The Mumbai police's Anti-Narcotics Cell raided a rave  party at 
Gorai, in the early hours of Sunday. The team  rounded up more than 
90 revellers present. Of them, 13  who were found in possession of 
drugs, were on Monday  remanded in police custody till September 29.

In an interview, former encounter specialist  sub-inspector Kedar 
Pawar, who got the tip-off that led  to the raid, spoke about how the 
crackdown took place.

The slightly-balding 6-foot-tall inspector, who is in  his late-30s, 
spent over five hours at the party with a  woman colleague to observe 
the goings-on so that they  could nail the offenders later in court.

I was the first to receive a tip-off about the rave  party at Gorai 
from a source, who referred me to a  website -- Om Shivam Sai. My 
colleagues from the  Anti-Narcotics Cell were certain that raiding it 
would  be worthwhile because we were sure drugs would be  freely 
available there.

The raid was given the go-ahead by my senior, Deputy  Commissioner of 
Police Dilip Srirao. A team was put in  place to nab the offenders.

Dressed in jeans and a T-shirt, I walked into a  bungalow in Uttan 
village, which had a shamiana (tent)  on the lawn, a little before 
midnight. I was  accompanied by my female colleague. We both paid Rs 
500  to enter the rave.

My role was to watch the revellers closely so that we  could later 
build a watertight case against them in  court. So I stayed at the 
party for over five hours  with my colleague, pretending to be under 
the influence  of drugs.

What I saw was stunning. My first impression was that I  had walked 
into the set of the title song from the  movie Hare Rama Hare 
Krishna. There were over 90  people, mostly boys and around six 
girls; all were high  on drugs.

I saw girls meticulously removing tobacco from  cigarettes and 
pressing some charas (hand-made hashish,  which is derived from 
marijuana) into it, which cost Rs  100 a goli (literally small ball, 
which is how the drug  is sold). The drug is also known as Kali on 
the party  circuit because of its colour.

A drop of LSD (Lysergic Acid Diethylamide, a  hallucinogenic drug) on 
the wrist cost Rs 500.

I also saw people consuming the drug using blotting  paper, placed on 
their tongue.

Half-an-hour into the party, I noticed that one [Name redacted] was 
busy pushing the drugs and collecting money.  We later identified two 
others as [Name redacted] and [Name redacted].

Almost all revellers were dancing on the lawn to trance  music, spun 
by a professional DJ.

All this while, I was also in touch with the team, who  positioned 
themselves a little distance away.

I decided to strike when the party was at its height,  around 1 am. 
The ploy worked -- almost all revellers  and traffickers were in for 
a shock when policemen  barged into the bungalow and declared that 
everyone was  under arrest.

On searching their mobiles, we found that everyone had  received a 
text message giving details of the rave on  Sunday morning. Most 
arrested belonged to the  middle-class, many were employed in call centres.

Preliminary investigations have indicated that the  bungalow was 
hired for Rs 60,000. The party was  organised by one [Name redacted], 
who managed to give us the  slip. The traffickers confessed that they 
supply drugs at such parties daily, mostly held at bungalows 
in  Marve, Gorai, Bandra and Peddar Road.

As told to J. Dey
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