35 youth held for holding rave party near Bangalore

August 10th, 2008 - 9:15 pm ICT by IANS  

Bangalore, Aug 10 (IANS) Thirty five youth, including two women, were arrested Sunday for holding a rave party at a `dhaba’ (roadside eatery) near Magadi here. “We have arrested the accused in 25-30 age group under section 2020A of the Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances Act, 1985, for indulging in a rave party using banned drugs and liquor from late Saturday to early Sunday at a eat-out in Tavarakere area,” Ramanagara deputy superintendent of police (DSP) D. Devaraj told IANS.

All the accused have been remanded in police custody after an FIR (first information report) was filed against them and they were presented before the Ramanagara judicial metropolitan magistrate court.

“We have also seized substantial quantity of contraband drugs such as ganja (marijuana), hashish and opium from the group. Of the accused, 15 are from Bangalore, six from Kerala, a couple of them from Mumbai and Chennai. There were also two foreigners - one from Spain and another from Israel,” said Devaraj.

The arrests preceded a high drama when belligerent activists of Karnataka Protection Forum faction (Karnataka Rakshana Vedike) raided the venue, about 60 km from here, and assaulted the youth for indulging in a rave party, with booze, drugs and exotic food while rock music blared in the background.

“We have registered a case of dacoity under section 384 IPC and a molestation case under section 354 IPC against the activists for unlawfully entering the premises, indulging in violence and forcefully taking away mobiles, laptops and gold chains,” Devaraj said.

The activists were also accused of dragging some women members of the group behind the venue for sexual abuse.

“They (activists) had no business to do what they did. Who authorised them to do moral policing? If they were tipped off or had information about the party, they should have first informed us and taken us into confidence,” Devaraj said.

Initial inquiries revealed that a majority of the accused who participated in the rave party was ‘conned’ by organiser Shandy whio sent them SMSes and e-mails, asking them to reach the venue as “a gala party is being held where high-profile people and some celebrities will be present”.

According to the FIR, some of the accused have been working in IT-BPO firms in Bangalore, while the remaining in marketing and other non-IT areas.

“We have raided the eatery (Garden Family Dhaba) and taken into custody its owner Rajanna and his son for illegally allowing a rave party,” Devaraj said.

The police have decided to step up vigil and restrict movement of people and vehicles after 11 p.m. to prevent repeat of such incidents.

“This is the first time I have come across a rave party being organised in this district. Though we have heard about such parties being held in and around Bangalore stealthily, we will not allow it in our district,” he added.

Meanwhile, the Vedike faction activists protested against the police for registering a case against their members who raided the venue and exposed the accused for holding the rave party.

“We came to know from the people in the nearby villages that such parties were being held during the week-ends. We were forced to raid the place after the villagers complained against the loud music and dancing and drinking that were going on throughout the night. Since the police didn’t take action, we stepped in,” a Vedike activist said on condition of anonymity.

Rave parties began in the western countries during the ’80s where disco jockeys and other performers played electronic dance music and often held all-night event. Over time, these parties were associated with drugs.

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