Ahmedabad: Police raided a liquor party and arrested at least 29 NID students from a private apartment in Paldi area here, police said. They were later granted bail by the court.
Acting on a tip-off, police raided Pushkar Flats near the National Institute of Design (NID) campus and arrested 29 students, including 14 women, who were involved in the liquor party. They have been booked under The Bombay Prohibition Act.
Piyush Patel, Joint Commissioner of Police, sector-1, said that after receiving the information, the police control room informed the Paldi police station. A team of police officials, led by a police sub-inspector MP Chavda, raided the apartment and caught the students. Another senior police official said that the call was received at around 1:15 am about the liquor party.
Chavda, who was on night patrol, reached the spot and caught the students. According to police, the students were playing loud music that had irked the neighbours. Police said that from the flat they seized 15 liquor and soda bottles, most of them empty. The two-room flat was taken on rent by a student who comes from Maharashtra.
On Saturday, a statement released by the communication cell at the National Institute of Design, Ahmedabad, said, “ No such matter is tolerated and laws are strictly followed by NID. The said incident happened outside the campus at a private residence where NID has no say or legal authority. NID is and will remain committed to extend all cooperation to the law enforcement authorities in this matter and will continue to do so. NID also remains committed to strive and maintain healthy creative environment on campus within legal parameters.”
All the students were produced before an urgent court late on Saturday evening. The court granted bail to all of them. Police had sought one-day remand of one student which was also rejected by the court.
Police said some residents got disturbed by loud music played in the flat.
The Ahmedabad Police Commissioner had recently informed the NID director over phone that the police had information of students consuming liquor on the campus, sources said.