New Delhi, June 25: The Delhi government’s Excise department on Sunday busted an illegal rave party organised at The Hotel Lalit on Barakhamba Road.A ‘Boiler Room party’ was organised at the basement of the hotel for which the license was not procured.A large number of liquor and beer bottles have been seized from the spot.
Excise department officials said “We did not find any (narcotic) substances when we raided the premises… they (the hotel staff) switched off the lights and several people managed to flee,” said ACP Alok Kumar to The Indian Express.“There was an arrangement for the gathering of 5,000 people at the party. The organisers lured people to the party through social media. Organising the party in the basement too was illegal as they had no permissions from fire department or from the civic agency,” an official told media.The Boiler Room is an online music broadcasting platform which commissions streaming music sessions around the world and is founded in London,Artists from Italy, Denmark and Mumbai were expected to perform at the event which was attended by over 5,000 people. Police said no FIR has been registered while the organisers are being questioned. “The Lalit has always been a law abiding organisation. We are cooperating with the authorities to clarify the issues.” The Excise department claimed the event was organised “in the basement which was a violation, as that space could only be used for parking vehicles,” the hotel in an official statement said.Officials said that several bar counters were found in the basement for which authorities did not have permissions from NDMC, fire department, Delhi Police and health department.The Excise department also claimed that hotel authorities were involved in selling commercial tickets and sold liquor in the basement for which they had to take P-10 (A) permits costing Rs 1 lakh as per the law. “Instead, they have applied for P-13 permits, paying a fee of Rs 5,000, and this is an evasion of fee,” Kumar told The Indian Express.
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