Ice cream parlour owner booked for giving woman drink laced with bhang

Mar 22, 2012, 07:52 IST | Kaumudi Gurjar

Customer claims owner wanted to take advantage of her as he kept insisting she consume milkshake in his parlour

Customer claims owner wanted to take advantage of her as he kept insisting she consume milkshake in his parlour

A 42-year-old woman has lodged a complaint at the Deccan police station against an ice cream parlour owner claiming he spiked a milkshake she had ordered.

Intoxicating shake: The parlour owner gave the woman a Thandai
milkshake, telling her it would make her skin glow and help her reduce
weight, say the police. Doctors reportedly diagnosed bhang poisoning after
the woman fainted at home upon gulping down the drink. Representation pic

The woman alleged that parlour owner Appa Kaware had an ulterior motive in lacing her drink. She claimed she was saved only because she was able to resist Kaware's insistence on consuming the drink on the spot.

The incident took place on Saturday evening. The woman, who works as a court clerk, had gone to buy Peshwai ice cream and Badam Mastani, a combination of milkshake and ice cream, at the parlour on Karve Road.
Regular customer
The police said the woman had been visiting the shop for five years and was in the habit of buying ice cream for her husband on her way home.

On Saturday, Kaware allegedly insisted she try the Thandai milkshake.

Inspector Manohar Joshi said the owner told her that consumption of that particular milkshake would make the skin glow and she would also reduce weight. 

"The lady felt uncomfortable and insisted that she would consume the milkshake only after returning home," Joshi said.

Fainting at home
After downing the milkshake at home, she felt dizzy and even fell unconscious. She was admitted to Mantri Hospital by her husband.

"Doctors have given a certificate saying that the lady was diagnosed with bhang poisoning," Joshi said.

Threatened in hospital
According to the police, Kaware continued to harass the woman even during her hospitalisation.

"The parlour owner allegedly sent his male relative to threaten the lady against lodging a police complaint," Joshi said. "The lady, however, lodged a complaint on Tuesday, after she got discharged from the hospital."

The police booked Kaware under Sections 328 (administering a drug to a person with the intent to commit offence), 506 (criminal intimidation) and 34 (criminal offence done by several persons) of the Indian Penal Code.
Joshi said the suspect had got himself admitted to a private hospital, so action would be taken against him only after his discharge.

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