Mumbai rave party: 44 test positive for drugs

46 samples were taken from male guests. 27 tested positive for cannabis,one for MDMA.

Written by Express News Service | Published: June 23, 2012 3:49:07 am

The Mumbai Police on Friday revealed that it had received test results on blood and urine samples taken from 46 out of 92 guests at a “rave party” at Hotel Oakwood in Juhu on May 20.

Police said 44 of the 46 samples sent to Cooper Hospital have tested positive for drug consumption. The 46 samples were all taken from male guests. Of the 44 who tested positive,27 were tested positive for cannabis,one for MDMA and 16 for both. Two male guests tested negative for drug consumption.

Of the 46 samples sent,29 tested positive for alcohol consumption with 17 testing negative. “This indicates that there were some people who consumed both kinds of drugs as well as alcohol while some only consumed drugs,” said police commissioner Arup Patnaik.

During the raid conducted at Hotel Oakwood by a team under the supervision of Additional Commissioner of Police (west region) Vishwas Nangre-Patil,a total of 92 guests were rounded up. Though they were not arrested,blood and urine samples were taken from all the guests.

While samples taken from 46 guests were sent to Cooper Hospital,the remaining including samples taken from 38 women were sent to JJ and Bhaba Hospital. “The test results of the samples sent to JJ and Bhaba have not yet been received — which includes two cricketers who attended the party,” said Patnaik.

Patnaik also said they had analysed 4,000 DJ tracks and found that 95 per cent of it was trance music. He said invitations had been sent out from a website and that some photographs had also been recovered from a laptop.

“It was a sundown party and the message ‘support the music and not the drugs’ was displayed boldly” said Patnaik.

The police chief said Sections 8,20,21,25,27,29 of the Narcotics Drugs and Psychotropic Substances Act had been invoked in the case. “Further action will be taken according to the law and as per the discretion of the investigating officer in the case,” he said.

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