Vikash Sharma

The recent arrest of Bollywood superstar Shah Rukh Khan’s son, Aryan Khan by the Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB) has brought the focus back on the rampant abuse of drugs in rave parties in different parts of the country.

Taking a cue from the developments elsewhere in the country, the Commissionerate police have now decided to mount surveillance for any such rave parties in the twin cities of Cuttack and Bhubaneswar.

Police Commissioner Saumendra Priyadarshi on Saturday said, “The focus is certainly on to put curbs on drugs. But, at the same time, rehabilitation of youngsters is also crucial. The major responsibility is on the parents to keep watch on their teenage children who are doing drugs or going to rave parties.”

It is worth mentioning here that two youths from Rourkela have been taken into custody in connection with the Mumbai cruise drug party bust by the NCB.

Priyadarshi further said focus will be put on such kind of rave parties. Recently, a number of bars in Bhubaneswar had been raided for violations of Covid guidelines and operating beyond the stipulated timings.

“Apart initiating action against the management and staff at these bars, we had also arrested some youngsters. We will certainly keep surveillance on rave parties as well,” Priyadarshi said.

The senior official said that already an all out crackdown against drugs is underway in the Twin cities of Cuttack and Bhubaneswar. The Quick Action Team (QAT) and Balianta police today arrested a person and seized brown sugar weighing 260 grams from his possession.

It is pertinent to mention here that the Commissionerate Police had recently launched a drive against narcotics drugs smuggling and circulation under ‘Operation White Spider’. Over 34 kg of Brown Sugar has been seized in the past two months in the Twin cities.

Priyadarshi informed that brown sugar weighing over 10 kg has been seized in 2021 so far following raids in Cuttack and Bhubaneswar. While over 6 kg brown sugar has been seized in Bhubaneswar, the Cuttack Police has seized 4 kgs of the drugs during that period. As many as 66 persons have been arrested in separate cases registered in Bhubaneswar alone, he said.