Snake venom case: In diary, party venues, singer`s name

  • | Wednesday | 15th November, 2023

NOIDA: A diary belonging to one of the accused mentions at least six locations in Delhi, Gurgaon and Faridabad where - cops suspect -- snake venom was supplied as a substitute for opioids during parties.The diary, recovered from the house of one of the five men arrested in the case, also refers to a popular singer. Noida police said on Tuesday they are investigating if the singer was involved in the operation.Elvish Yadav, a YouTuber and reality TV star, is among six people booked last week on a complaint by BJP MP Maneka Gandhis NGO People for Animals (PFA) that accused him of supplying snake venom at parties. He was questioned in the case last week. The other five accused -- Rahul Chauhan (32), Teetunath (45), Jaikaran (50), Narayan (50) and Ravinath (45), all residents of Delhis Badarpur -- were arrested on November 2.Police said they found the diary at Rahuls house during searches."During the remand, the accused were questioned by the police on their link with Elvish Yadav and if they provided snake venom to celebrities and others at parties. A diary recovered from the residence of Rahul Chauhan has lists of some locations where the parties may have been held. Some contact numbers of people who are believed to have organised these parties have also been found. We will contact them for questioning," an investigator said.The officer said they also visited the locations specified in the diary."The accused were taken to six locations in Delhi, Faridabad and Gurgaon. After they were shown CCTV footage from the area, they admitted to being involved in the parties or organising them. They have also revealed the names of others who had organised those parties too," he said.Cops said the accused told them that they took the snakes and venom from Badarpur to the parties.In the complaint, PFA officer-bearers said they posed as organisers of a rave party and asked the YouTuber to supply snake poison at a banquet hall in Sector 51, Noida. Yadav, they alleged, directed them to Rahul, who met the PFA team outside the banquet hall along with four snake charmers. The five were nabbed and a vial with 20ml liquid - believed to be venom - and nine snakes, including five cobras and a python - were recovered from them.Yadav, in a video posted on X (formerly Twitter) denied the allegation that he supplied snake venom.Investigators said they will seek remand of the five accused for a second time."We will also ask Yadav to join the investigation again after we have technical evidence and call detail records," the officer said.

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