In a ‘drinking & dancing’ incident reported from Rajkot, cops were forced to make drunk baraatis dance again to the beats of music in order to ‘reconstruct’ a crime scene. The video of the crime scene’s reconstruction has been making rounds of social media, amusing netizens and evoking different reactions.
Seven men were arrested by the police in Rajkot after a viral video showed them allegedly dancing and drinking during a wedding procession. To better understand the situation, the police decided to take the accused back to the crime scene and make them dance once again, but this time with a water bottle instead of alcohol. Apparently, it’s legal to reconstruct crime scenes in this way, according to the police inspector in charge.
To make matters worse, the groom, Vijay Kumbharvadiya, was also arrested because he was caught on camera accepting a firearm during the ceremony from someone who is now on the run. It turns out that the other arrested men too have criminal records, with one having been detained under the Prevention of Anti Social Activities Act (PASA) in 2019 for alleged bootlegging.
Meanwhile, the cops have taken blood samples from the accused to check for alcohol, which is like trying to find a needle in a haystack. They’re also on the hunt for the bottle of alcohol seen in the video.
The Facts of the Matter
Weddings are supposed to be a time of love, joy, and drunken dancing. But for seven men in Rajkot, India, their wedding shenanigans landed them in hot water with the police. After a video of them allegedly indulging themselves in alcohol and dancing went viral, the police swooped in and made them reconstruct the crime scene – and by crime scene, we mean the dance floor. The suspects were given a water bottle instead of alcohol, and the cops ended up arresting 7 persons involved in the matter.
Police Hand Over Water Bottle to ‘Reconstruct’ Crime Scene
The accused arrested in the incident men were identified as Hiren Parmar, Pratik Parmar, Dhaval Maru, Jayesh Dave, Mayur Khint, Dharmesh Rajani, and Ajay Ramani, Indian Express reported They were charged under the Gujarat Prohibition Act.
After the arrest, the police took the seven accused to the same spot where they allegedly committed the crime and asked them to reconstruct the events to understand how they drank and danced. The accused were given a water bottle instead of what appeared to be a liquor bottle in the video.
“The law provides for such a reconstruction of crime scenes during the course of a police investigation,” said police inspector Mayurdhwajsinh Sarvaiya, who is in charge of the Bhaktinagar police station.
Accused Involved have Been Booked Before
The police inspector revealed that all the arrested men had prior criminal records. Maru, for instance, had been booked in nine cases, including seven under the Prohibition Act and two for criminal assault, since 2018. He had also been detained under the Prevention of Anti-Social Activities Act (PASA) in 2019 for bootlegging activities
Hiren Parmar and Khint had two and one cases under the Prohibition Act against them, respectively, and Pratik Parmar and Rajani had three and two cases against them, respectively.
Making things worse, even the groom of the infamous baraat, Vijay Kumbharvadiya, was also arrested after accepting a firearm from Jitendra Talavaiya in a video of the same ceremony.
Watch Video here
Rajkot police re-enacts the scene of a viral video where wedding revellers were seen openly consuming liquor while dancing in a marriage procession.
The revellers were arrested.
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Gujarat’s Battle with Illegal Sale of Alcohol
Gujarat has a strict prohibition policy, which makes the production, sale, and consumption of alcohol illegal in the state. The Gujarat Prohibition Act, 1949, prohibits the sale, purchase, and consumption of liquor, with severe penalties for violations.
However, the prohibition policy has also led to the rise of illegal liquor trade and bootlegging activities, which remain a significant challenge for law enforcement agencies in the state.