In the second such haul in the last four days, the Tiruvallur police on Monday busted a rave party at a resort near Mahabalipuram and detained over 160 revellers including seven women.
This operation comes just days after the police busted a rave party at a private resort near Pollachi in which 165 youths were detained by the police and drugs were seized.
According to reports, the operation involving more than 100 police personnel was carried out on a tip-off received by the district SP, R Ponni at around midnight on Sunday. The tip-off spoke about a rave party being organised at the Odour Resort off the East Coast Road, near Mahabalipuram, around 50 kilometres from Chennai.
The police chief then assembled a team of over 100 policemen, including ASPs and DSPs, and arrived at the spot. At 12.30am, the police surrounded the resort and the SP led a team of policemen inside the resort. In the operation that lasted for around three hours, more than 160 revellers were taken into custody including seven women.
The SP told The Hindu that the revellers were mostly from areas in and around Chennai and were all between the ages of 18 and 28. The rave party’s invitation was circulated through Facebook and WhatsApp, which said that the party was a get-together where a DJ would also be present. The entry fee collected from the participants was Rs 1,000 per head. The revellers were then let off by the police, after a statement from them promising that they will not participate in such events in future.
The police also arrested 12 organisers of the event and registered FIRs against them under provisions of the Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances Act and the Tamil Nadu Prohibition Act and remanded them to judicial custody.
Police are also investigating the role of the resort owner. Based on the orders of the District Collector, the premises was sealed by the police in the wee hours of Monday.