Delhi: Year-end rave! Cops track big online racket; over 100 FB pages, many WhatsApp groups under scanner

Cops track Facebook, WhatsApp groups to trace rave parties across NCR

Police officers have also entered this online maze as “revellers” to crack the ring.

This Christmas-New Year party season, cops in the Capital are combing over a hundred Facebook pages and several WhatsApp groups. These social media platforms are being used to push a large number of Delhi’s youngsters into attending narcotics-fuelled rave parties across NCR, Mail Today has learnt.

Police officers have also entered this online maze as “revellers” to crack the ring. “Posing as potential customers, cops have contacted several organisers on social media,” said Delhi Police spokesperson Madhur Verma.

One of the police officers, who made a fake Facebook profile showing himself as a young boy sitting inside a Lamborghini, said he has joined several groups. “The organisers are not explicit but they do promise ‘everything’,” he said.

A crackdown has been planned as the cops have gathered a lot of information on locations, drugs, promoters of rave parties and the invitees.

“We will conduct raids with help from the police in neighbouring states,” said Verma, adding that drug pushers have created several Facebook pages and WhatsApp groups to lure the youth to their dens across NCR.

Mostly teenagers and youngsters below 25 have ‘liked’ and ‘followed’ these Facebook pages, Mail Today has found. These pages promise unlimited drinks, flavoured tobacco and non-tobacco hooka, dancers and “more fun”.

Mostly, one person has to pay around Rs 4,000 to join the bash. In Delhi, those below 25 years of age cannot consume alcohol. Also, consumption of hooka is banned in the city.

“Due to strict vigil, farmhouses in Delhi are no more a safe place for such revelry. Organisers have moved out of the city. We’re taking action,” Verma said. These pages and groups have also alerted narcotics control agencies, the excise department and the anti-human trafficking unit of Delhi Police.

“Party drugs such as LSD, Meow Meow, heroin, cocaine and weed are high in demand. Peddlers roam around party venues to serve abusers,” said an official of the Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB).
In August, the police busted a rave party at a guesthouse in Sonipat in the outskirts of Delhi and detained around 150 students, including 8 foreign nationals, from different universities.

Three persons, including a customs official, were also arrested in connection with the incident. The students, found in an inebriated state, were released after interrogation.

On the basis of a tip-off, a raid was conducted at a guest house in Sonipat’s Rai industrial area. Nearly 215 tablets, two dozen injections of drugs and wine and beer bottles were seized from the guesthouse.