Bengaluru rave party: Cops confirm 86 people including Telugu actor Hema test positive for narcotics

Telugu actor Hema had earlier dismissed reports that claimed she was present at the rave party and said that she was at Hyderabad

BySouth First Desk

Published May 23, 2024 | 9:01 PMUpdatedMay 23, 2024 | 10:01 PM

Raid on rave party in Bengaluru

The blood samples collected from those who attended the rave party at a farmhouse recently in Bengaluru have revealed that 86 people, including Telugu film actor Hema, tested positive for narcotics, police sources said on Thursday, 23 May.

The Central Crime Branch (CCB) of the Bengaluru police raided a farmhouse on the outskirts of the city in the wee hours of 19 May and seized ‘Ecstacy’ pills, MDMA crystals, hydro cannabis, cocaine, high-end cars, DJ equipment, including sound and lighting worth ₹1.5 crore.

Cops confirm actor Hema tested positive

Confirming actress Hema tested positive for narcotics, police sources told SouthFirst anonymously, “Actor Hema was put under narcotics test along with 103 others. Of the total, 86 people including Hema tested positive for narcotics.”

“She will be summoned for the interrogation and her name will be added in the FIR. Those who have tested positive for narcotics will be booked and summoned,” added police sources.

He further added that a total of four people, including L Vasu, who organised the party, have been arrested and that the police are actively looking for the remaining accused. “At the time of the raid, the CCB recovered several narcotics substances. The accused will be investigated to ascertain the sources of the narcotic substances,” further said the police source.

A case was originally registered at Bengaluru Rural’s Hebbagodi Police Station and it was then transferred to the CCB.

Rave party attended by over 100 people

There were more than 100 attendees from Andhra Pradesh, Telangana and Bengaluru, including over 25 young women, SouthFirst had earlier reported. People who attended the party included DJs, models, actors, and techies.

After the raid in Electronic City, police collected the blood samples of the participants in a private hospital, which revealed that 59 men and 27 women tested positive for narcotics.

“Most of the people who attended the party were consuming drugs. The Central Crime Branch will issue notices to those who tested positive,” a police source had said earlier.

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Were elected representatives present? 

The event conducted between 5 pm (18 May) and 6 am (19 May) was said to be a birthday party organised by a Hyderabad-based individual named Vasu. The party was estimated to cost ₹50 lakh a day, sources said.

During the investigation, police officials confirmed the presence of a vehicle with the MLA pass of Andhra Pradesh Minister K Govardhan Reddy and said that the minister or his men were not present at the party.

Additionally, more than 15 luxury cars were also parked on the premises.

Earlier, Telugu actor Hema had dismissed reports that claimed she was present at the party. In a video statement, she said that she was in Hyderabad.

Related: Raid on rave: Bengaluru top cop B Dayananda denies presence of MLA, says female actor was present

What cops said after the raid

“The CCB conducted a raid on a farmhouse, where a rave party was underway till late at night. There were confusions about the jurisdictions whether it falls under Bengaluru Rural or Bengaluru City limits. As it was on the border area, the Bengaluru Central Crime Branch has conducted a raid and is investigating the case,” said police sources.

“In this rave party, most of them were from Hyderabad and there are very few locals,” claimed police.

A day after the arrest, Bengaluru City Police Commissioner B Dayananda said: “Police dog squads have played a key role in identifying the hidden narcotic substance at the farmhouse and inside vehicles. There were no elected members present at the party, but an actor was there.”

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(Edited by Neena with PTI inputs)