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Cricketers freed in India after rave party raid

  • 21 May 2012
  • From the section India
Police raiding the raid party in Juhu, Mumbai
Image caption Police said they detained nearly 100 people

Police in the Indian city of Mumbai have released two cricketers, whom they had detained after a raid on a rave party early on Sunday.

The police said they had freed Rahul Sharma and Wayne Parnell, who play in the Indian Premier League (IPL).

The IPL, which is in its fifth year, has been mired in controversy recently.

Last week, Australian cricketer Luke Pomersbach was charged with molesting a woman and assaulting her fiance in a hotel in the capital, Delhi.

Pomersbach, who plays for Bangalore in the IPL, was arrested on Friday morning. He denied all charges in court and was granted bail.

The two cricketers who were detained during the rave party play for the Pune Warriors team in the IPL.

They were released on Monday morning after medical tests for banned substances were conducted on them, the police said.

'Different party'

Rahul Sharma told the NDTV news channel that he was attending a "different party" at the hotel.

"I went for a birthday party at the hotel in Juhu. I had just reached there but nobody was present."

The police said that nearly 100 people, including foreigners, who were attending the party were detained for consuming illegal drugs.

The organiser of the party has been arrested for violating drug laws.

Earlier last week, five IPL players were suspended following corruption allegations against them.

Also, officials of the Mumbai Cricket Association were involved in an ugly spat with Bollywood superstar Shah Rukh Khan after an IPL game at the Wankhede Stadium with each side accusing the other of abusive behaviour.

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