A Special Operations Team (SOT) of the Rachakonda police in Hyderabad have seized blots of Lysergic acid diethylamide (LSD), ganja and other drugs from a rave party at a farmhouse under the limits of the LB Nagar police station on Thursday. As many as seven organisers were arrested and as many as 90 participants were held.
According to the police, all the participants were students and private employees from the city.
Four of the main accused were friends and had planned to earn easy money by organising the rave party, the police said. Some of the accused have been identified as Girish Dhaduvai, Jakkidi Srikar Reddy, Cholleti Sharath Chandra, Shaik Umar Farooq, Jakkidi Dhanwanth Reddy, Balemula Prem and Syed Aman Ali Reza.
Accused number two, Srikar Reddy, is the son of Dhanwanth, who owns the farmhouse near Rachakonda hills where the rave party was organised.
According to police, the entry fee for the event was Rs 499 per head excluding food, drinks and other substances. Police said that they promoted the event by putting up posters on Instagram to draw people to the rave party.
Police said that the accused had chosen the eve of Shivaratri, as the local police would be busy in bandobast duties.
The SOT raided the event as it was happening with credible information and apprehended organisers and participants, subsequently seizing the substances.
The organisers were booked under relevant sections of the Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances (NDPS) Act and Telangana State Excise Act.
Along with the participants, the organisers were also booked under section 188 (Disobedience to order duly promulgated by public servant) and 294 (Obscene acts and songs) of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) at Narayanpur police station.
The police have seized 400 grams of ganja, three blots of LSD, two grams of an unknown drug along with 120 liquor bottles, besides three laptops, two cameras and 76 mobile phones. The police said that 15 cars, 30 bikes and music systems were also seized.
Rachakonda Commissioner of Police Mahesh Bhagawath instructed the Narayanpur Inspector to put up a proposal to revenue officials to seize the places where such illegal activities were taking place.