Naik gives clean chit to fest organisers in drug overdose case

Last Updated: Monday, January 4, 2010 - 12:10

Panaji: Goa Home minister Ravi Naik has
given clean chit to the organisers of Sunburn music festival,
from where Delhi-based girl Meha Bahuguna was transported to a
city hospital in a critical condition after she consumed

"When Anti-Narcotic cell sleuths inspected the place
they did not find anything.... that means there was nothing,"
Naik said.

The minister said Director General of Police B S Bassi
must have received wrong information about drugs being easily
available at the fest in Candolim beach.

Naik said there was no delay on the part of state
police to inspect the venue and check on the information
received by the DGP.

"There was no delay. Certain information can be false.
The DGP may receive false information sometimes. The
inspection was conducted but there were no drugs," he said.

When asked why a raid was not conducted at the fest,
the minister retorted saying "If there are no drugs, then on
whom should the raid be conducted ?"

The 23-year-old Delhi girl, working in Bangalore, died
on December 30 of drug overdose, a day after she was
transported in a drugged condition to Vintage hospital from
the Sunburn music festival at Candolim beach, 20 kms away
from here.

She was admitted in a critical condition on December
29 evening.

Police sources maintained that the DGP had issued
instructions to Superintendent of Police (ANC) Veenu Bansal to
check the sale of narcotics during the two-day music fest from
December 27-29.

However, the searches were conducted only on December
29, the last day of the festival.


First Published: Monday, January 4, 2010 - 12:10

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