Five individuals have been apprehended by the Gautam Buddha Nagar police in connection with an alleged rave party organized by YouTuber and Bigg Boss winner Elvish Yadav. This event reportedly took place at a banquet hall in Sector 51 in Noida and involved the use of prohibited snake venom.
During the police operation, nine snakes were discovered, and an ongoing investigation is being conducted. In addition to the five individuals detained, Elvish Yadav has also been named in the First Information Report (FIR).
Meanwhile, Elvish Yadav has released a 58-second video on X in which he denies any involvement in the case and asserts his willingness to cooperate with the police during their inquiry.
The police took action based on a complaint lodged by an animal welfare officer from People for Animals (PFA), an organization associated with Lok Sabha MP Maneka Gandhi.
The FIR, filed at the Sector 49 police station, alleges that Elvish Yadav and his associates have been shooting videos with snake venom and live snakes in farmhouses across Noida and the National Capital Region (NCR). It also claims that they have been organizing illegal rave parties, inviting foreign women and consuming snake venom and intoxicants during such events.
“We had received information that a YouTuber named Elvish Yadav shoots videos with snake venom and live snakes in farmhouses in Noida and NCR along with other gang members/YouTubers and organizes rave parties illegally. On such occasions, foreign girls are regularly called and snake venom and intoxicants are consumed,”
“Acting on this information, one of our informers contacted Elvish Yadav and asked him to organise a rave party in Noida and make arrangements for snakes and cobra venom. When we talked to his agent with the reference of Elvish Yadav, he agreed. Then he agreed to come to the banquet hall located in Sector 51. We informed DFO Noida… and further complained about it at the Sector 49 police station.”
reads the FIR filed on the complaint of Gaurav Gupta, an Animal Welfare officer of PFA.
The arrested individuals, identified as Rahul, Teetunath, Jaikaran, Narayan, and Ravinath, are residents of Badarpur, Delhi.
An FIR has been registered under Indian Penal Code (IPC) section 120B for criminal conspiracy, as well as sections 9, 39, 48A, 49, 50, and 51 of The Wild Life (Protection) Act, 1972, at the Sector 49 police station.