Panaji, August 16
Police raided a rave celebration happening at a small-time Bollywood actor Kapil Jhaveri’s villa in Vagator village in North Goa, and arrested 23 folks, together with the actor and three girls international nationals, officers stated on Sunday.
The raid was performed by the crime department and narcotics price over Rs 9 lakh had been seized from the celebration that was happening amid the COVID-19 pandemic on Saturday night time below the Anjuna police station limits, they stated.
“Jhaveri and three foreign nationals — two women from Russia and another from Czech Republic — were arrested under stringent Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances (NDPS) Act, for allegedly possessing banned substance during the police raid,” Superintendent of Police Crime Branch Shobhit Saxena stated.
“Nineteen others were arrested for violating the rules related to social distancing,” he stated.
During the raid, medicine like cocaine, MDMA, charas and different chemical substance had been recovered from the celebration venue, he added.
Another crime department official stated that Jhaveri himelf had organised the rave celebration at his villa.
Most of the 19 others had been home vacationers who had come to the coastal state on a trip, he stated.
Saxena stated that Jhaveri has acted in just a few Bollywood movies and presently lives in Goa.
Some of his movies embrace “Dil Pardesi Ho Gaya” and “Ishq Vishk”.
According to Saxena, additional arrests within the case could be made because the investigation progresses.
Judicial Magistrate First Class in Panaji on Sunday remanded Jhaveri (40) together with three foreigner girls in 5 days of police custody, he stated.
Goa Director General of Police Mukesh Kumar Meena in a tweet stated, “Zero tolerance to #Drugs and Ensuring Public Safety #goapolice Crime Branch busted a late night party in Anjuna. 23 persons including 3 foreigners were arrested and narcotic drugs worth over Rs 9 lac were seized.”
Goa Forward Party MLA Vinod Palyekar, who represents Siolim constituency, which covers Vagator village, claimed rave events had been occurring within the coastal belt in full swing.
“Local police stations are bribed,” he alleged in a Facebook publish, including “its high time that Anjuna police station be fully revamped including the police inspector.”
“The state needs full time Home Minister as Chief Minister Sawant’s focus is on mining transportation. CM has failed in curtailing crime in the state. Lobo (BJP MLA Michael Lobo) can perform better as Home Minister,” he added. — PTI