Idukki police arrest nine people in Vagamon resort drug bust; over 60 detained

Following a tip-off, the Idukki Superintendent of Police (SP) raided the resort, owned by a former CPI leader, and seized banned drugs such as MDMA, Hashish, LSDs, heroin, ganja, among others
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The Idukki police have arrested nine people including a woman, out of the 60 people who are detained in a rave party bust at the Cliff Inn Resort at Vagamon in Idukki district.

Currently, the Idukki ASP is questioning the remaining detainees. Police have recorded the arrest of nine people and shifted them to Vagamon police station. The nine arrested are said to be natives of Thodupuzha, Malappuram, Edappal, Kozhikode, Kasaragod, Chavakkad and Tripunithura.

According to reports, nine people have organised the party. It is understood that they have used social media to invite people to the party. The drugs are said to be brought from Maharashtra and Karnataka.

The resort belongs to Shaji Kuttikkadan, a former Communist Party of India (CPI) Panchayat president. “I had received online bookings for only two rooms. But around 6.30 pm, more people started arriving in these rooms. Seeing this, I objected and told them that I will call the Vagamon police,” Shaji told a news channel.

“The guest asked me to show some consideration as they have come from far off places. They told me that three of them are celebrating their birthdays and will not create any nuisance,” he said, adding that he had argued with the guests regarding parking of many vehicles in the resort’s compound as it is against the law. When asked about the drugs used at the party, Shaji said: “I was not aware of any drug consumption at the party.”

Late on Sunday evening, Kerala police and Idukki’s narcotic cell detained over 60 people after conducting a raid on a rave party at the resort. Reportedly, out of the 60 people, 25 are women.

Following a tip-off, the Idukki Superintendent of Police (SP) assembled a team of 100 officers including several women officers. During the raid, police seized large amounts of banned drugs such as MDMA, Hashish, LSDs, heroin, ganja, among others. Some reports suggest that among the several detained, some are associated with the film and television industry and a few are Bengaluru-based IT techies.

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