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Tollywood producer held for drug peddling in Hyderabad


Cyberabad police have arrested Tollywood film producer Sunkara Krishna Prasad Chowdary allegedly for drug peddling, officials said on Wednesday.

The police seized 90 sachets containing 82.75 grams of cocaine, nearly Rs 2 lakh in cash, a car and four mobile phones from his possession.

Officials said that personnel of Special Operations Team (SOT Madhapur) and Rajendranagar police arrested Chowdary on Tuesday when he was peddling drugs near Kismatpur X Roads under the limits of Rajendranagar police station.

According to police, Chowdary is native of Bonakal Mandal in Khammam district of Telangana. He completed his B.Tech (Mechanical) and later worked as Director (Operations) in Indian Institute of Aeronautical Engineering and Technology at Pune.

In 2016, he left the job and entered the film industry.

He was the producer of Kabali movie in Telugu. He was also the distributor for several Telugu and Tamil movies including Sardar Gabbarsingh, Seetamma Vakitlo Sirimalle Chettu and Kanitan (Arjun Suravaram), but he did not get the expected profits.

Chowdary later moved to Goa and started OHM Club there.

According to police, the accused used to consume drugs with friends and celebrities coming from Hyderabad to his club in Goa. Due to loss in business, he returned to Hyderabad in April 2023. While coming to Hyderabad, he procured 100 sachets of cocaine from a Nigerian, Petit Ebuzer alias Gabrial, a resident of Goa and absconding in a drug peddling case.

He allegedly used 10 sachets for self-consumption and for selling to his friends.

On Tuesday, he was apprehended while he was allegedly trying to sell cocaine.

Chowdary has been booked under Sections 21(b) read with 8(C) of NDPS Act.

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Another drug haul at Hyderabad Airport, heroin worth Rs 11.53 crore seized


In yet another major drug haul at Hyderabad’s Rajiv Gandhi International Airport, Customs officials seized heroin worth Rs 11.53 crore from a Tanzanian national.

The Customs officials said 1,389 kg of heroin was seized from the male passenger who arrived from Johannesburg via Abu Dhabi on April 26.

The passenger purged 108 capsules containing the contraband heroin over a period of six days.

The passenger was arrested and remanded to judicial custody. Further investigation is on, the officials said.

This is the fourth seizure of heroin at Hyderabad in less than two weeks.

Eight kilogram cocaine worth Rs 80 crore was seized from two passengers by the Directorate of Revenue Intelligence (DRI) late on May 1.

The contraband was seized in two separate cases. A male Tanzanian national, travelling from Cape Town to Hyderabad on a business visa and a lady passenger from Angola, with itinerary Angola – Mozambique – Lusaka – Dubai – Hyderabad on a tourist visa were arrested.

A total of eight kg of cocaine, each passenger carrying 4 kg, were seized from the passengers from the packets concealed in the false bottom of their trolley bags.

Earlier, the Hyderabad Customs along with DRI had seized 1,157 grams of cocaine worth Rs 11.57 crore from a Tanzanian national. The passenger had arrived at Hyderabad Airport from Johannesburg via Dubai on April 21.

A total of 79 ingested capsules were recovered over a period of 5 days.

According to DRI, the instances of smuggling drugs through air have increased with easing restrictions on air travel and increased passenger traffic.

While Indian Customs have facilitated the clearances smoothly, the alert officers have busted the drug smuggling syndicates and nabbed carriers on multiple occasions across the country.

Ingenious ways of transporting the contraband have been noticed by way of laminating drugs finely into their baggage which are almost invisible to the naked eye or by concealment in shampoos and food items or at times the passenger becomes body carrier by ingesting drugs in laminated capsules.

Sustained efforts of DRI has led to seizure of more than 350 kg of cocaine, estimated to be worth Rs 3,500 crore in illicit market, across the country after January, 2021. This includes a big haul of about 303 kg of cocaine, seized from a containerised cargo at Tuticorin Port.

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1,820 kg ganja seized from Maharashtra-bound truck near Hyderabad


The Telangana Police on Thursday busted another inter-state drugs trafficking racket with the seizure of 1,820 kg of marijuana (ganja) from a truck at Abdullapurmet on the outskirts of Hyderabad.

Special Operations Team (SOT) of Rachakonda Police Commissionerate arrested five peddlers and seized the contraband being transported from Sileru in Andhra Pradesh to Maharashtra.

According to police, the ganja was being transported from Sileru to Maharashtra via Narsipatnam, Rajahmundry, Kodad, Suryapet, Choutuppal, and Hyderabad.

Police seized 182 packets of ganja, a lorry, a car, Rs 41,000 cash, and seven mobile phones, all worth over Rs 3 crore from their possession.

Acting on specific information, sleuths of SOT, LB Nagar Zone along with Abdullapurmet police apprehended the drug peddlers. While four of them are from Maharashtra, the truck driver is from West Bengal.

Main accused Sanjay Laxman Shinde, a resident of Osmanabad district of Maharashtra is absconding. He was running the racket along with his relatives Sanjay Balaji Kale, Abhiman Kalyan Pawar and their friends Sanjay Chowgule and Bharat Kalappa. They were using Shek Rahidul, a native of West Bengal, for driving the truck to illegally transport ganja from Sileru agency area in Andhra Pradesh to Maharashtra.

Rachakonda Police Commissioner Mahesh Bhagwat said the ganja packets were hidden under the organic compost bags. He said the accused were using the car as a pilot vehicle for the truck carrying the narcotic drugs.

The accused told the police that they were purchasing ganja at Rs 8,000 per kg and selling the same to customers in Maharashtra at Rs 15,000 per kg.

He said this was the largest quantity of ganja seized so far this year in Rachakonda. The police have seized over 5,000 kg of the contraband.

Hyderabad, Cyberabad and Rachakonda police commissionerates, which cover the city and its suburbs and excise department have been running intensive campaign against drugs since last month following direction of Chief Minister K. Chandrasekhar Rao to deal firmly with the menace.

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Drugs battle reaches Delhi power corridors, TDP


The YSRCP-TDP ruckus over the drug haul in AP has now shifted to Delhi. Both the parties have now taken the battle to Delhi and are fighting it out in the national capital. While the TDP delegation led by Chandrababu Naidu is already in Delhi and is trying to meet President Ram Nath Kovind. The YSRCP on the other hand, is trying to petition to the Central Election Commission to plead for the cancellation of the recognition of the TDP as a regional political party.

On October 19, TDP spokesperson made obnoxiously disparaging comments on YS Jagan in connection with the recent drug seizures. Reacting to this, the YSRCP cadres have attacked the party offices, including the state headquarters in a big way. Protesting against this Chandrababu has called for a bandh on October 21. In response, the YSRCP too has given a call for state-wide protests. Now both the parties have taken the issue to Delhi.

The TDP leaders, led by Chandrababu, have secured an appointment with President Ram Nath Kovind on Monday. In view of Covid restrictions, only five members have been allowed to meet the President. Meanwhile, the TDP is trying to meet Union Home Minister Amit Shah. .

On the other hand, the YSRCP is trying to take the issue of Pattabhi’s comments to the notice of the Central Election Commission. The party will seek the cancellation of the recognition of the TDP in view of the unfair practices and lack of political decorum. Thus the whole issue has now shifted to Delhi.

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Rana Fumed at National Media House over ‘Drugs – Parcel’ News


Tollywood hunk Rana Daggubati, who is busy promoting his upcoming film ‘Nene Raju Nene Mantri’, fumed at a noted National media house on Friday after it published an article allegedly connecting his name to the ‘drugs scandal’ that recently erupted in Telugu film industry.

Reports emerged the other day that Excise officials had checked a ‘courier’ that came to Ramanaidu studios from overseas. It allegedly belonged to Rana.

The media house which faced Rana’s fury, had published an article claiming that the Excise officials checked Rana’s parcel and related this story to the ‘Tollywood drug scandal’. This might have irked Rana a lot since his career has just started flying post ‘Baahubali 2’ and ‘Ghazi’, and he doesn’t want any kind of detrimental propaganda against him.

Rana immediately took to Twitter and replied to the said media house’ tweet, ‘I have a film for release (had 2 earlier this yr) a top rated TV show and am part of the Kabbadi and boxing seasons!!,’.

He sort of conveyed that when there was so much (good things) happening in his life, the media house instead chose to spread negativity about him.

Rana’s tweet attracted huge attention from Twitterati who took his side and abused the media house for writing stories ‘without checking the facts’.

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Kids doing drugs worries me: Rana Daggubati

In wake of a major drug bust earlier this month in Hyderabad, actor Rana Daggubati said it worries him and its really dangerous to know that school children have been involved in this racket.

The Telangana Prohibition and Excise Department had seized 700 dots of LSD worth Rs 20 lakh and 35gm of MDMA — commonly known as Ecstasy — worth Rs 1.4 lakh from three peddlers.

The month-long investigation brought to light the drug trade in Hyderabad, which involves not only Tollywood stars and MNC professionals, but also school students from reputed institutions.

Commenting on the drug bust scenario, Rana told IANS: “Honestly, the whole thing has been blown out of proportion. If a filmmaker or an actor takes drugs, it really doesn’t bother me. They are adults and it’s their lives and they can do whatever they want. I don’t give a damn if you take drugs.”

What worries Rana is that children are taking drugs.

“The dangerous story about school kids doing drugs worries me. That’s something that needs to be taken more seriously and addressed immediately. When youngsters who don’t have a mind of their own are doing drugs, it scares me,” he said.

“Who is supplying drugs to these kids? Are these people immigrants? How are they bringing drugs into the country,” Rana asked.

On the career front, Rana awaits the release of Telugu-Tamil political drama “Nene Raju, Nene Mantri”.

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Kajal Aggarwal clarifies about her Manager’s Arrest


Gorgeous beauty Kajal Aggarwal is one of the finest actresses South Indian audience ever witnessed. The actress has been occupied with enough films and when things are going smooth, her manager Ronnie has been arrested yesterday after he has been alleged to consume drugs. The cops are investigating the matter and Ronnie has been sent to remand. There are talks that he has been consuming drugs from a long time and the cops nabbed him after they gathered some solid evidences.

Kajal Aggarwal is said to have been left in deep shock with the arrest of Ronnie and she took twitter to clarify. Kajal Aggarwal confirmed that she is extremely professional and she is not in a mood to encourage any illegal activities. She clarified that Ronnie’s personal life is not in her hands and is not aware about his whereabouts once his professional duties are completed.

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Three courier firms summoned in Hyderabad drug case


The Special Investigation Team (SIT) probing drug racket in Hyderabad has summoned three major courier companies in connection with the case.

Officials of DHL, Blue Dart and Fedex have been asked to appear before SIT, said a statement from the investigation team on Wednesday night.

As the role of postal department has also come under scanner, SIT has written a letter to Chief Post Master General seeking his support in the investigations.

SIT, comprising official from enforcement wing of Prohibition & Excise Department of Telangana, is is focusing on how the courier services and also postal department neglected identifying drugs supplied from abroad.

The accused arrested in the sensational case told SIT during the questioning that they received drugs from Netherlands, Germany, US1, Britain and other countries through couriers and post.

SIT will seek explanation from courier companies on the negligence.

The investigators served notices on the courier companies on a day when they grilled Telugu film director Puri Jagannadh for over 10 hours. They are probing the links of some Tollywood personalities with the drug racket.

SIT has served notices on 12 film personalities including some top actors and actresses for questioning in connection with the case.

The racket was busted earlier this month when the enforcement officials arrested Calvin Mascrenhas and other accused, who revealed that they have been supplying drugs to school and colleges students in the city and some Tollywood artists.

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Puri Jagan grilled for 10 hours in drug case, blood sample collected

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The Special Investigation Team (SIT) probing the drug racket in Hyderabad on Wednesday questioned well-known Telugu film director Puri Jagannadh for nearly 10 hours and collected his blood sample.

The sample was collected from the actor following his consent, SIT official Srinivas Rao told reporters.

The official said they got some clues during the questioning and based on these clues further investigations would be carried out.

After day-long suspense, the director came out of Abkari Bhavan, the office of Prohibition & Excise Department at around 9.30 p.m. and returned home with his family members without talking to waiting media persons.

Jagannadh was the first among the 12 Tollywood personalities summoned by the SIT for questioning in connection with the sensational racket.

A four-member team of SIT officials questioned the director on whether he is addicted to drugs or has any links with the drug peddlers arrested in the case.

“Investigation is going on at good pace,” said a brief statement from the SIT on Wednesday night.

Enforcement Director Akun Sabharwal, who is heading the probe, said Jagannadh cooperated during the questioning.

SIT officials learnt to have questioned him about his links with Calvin Mascarenhas, the kingpin of the racket. When he denied any links, the officials confronted him with the evidence including photographs of the release function of his movie “Jyothi Lakshmi” in which he was seen with Calvin.

Jagannadh told officials that he knew Calvin only as an event manager but denied any financial dealings with him.

The questioning continued after lunch break, causing anxiety among the filmmaker’s family members.

As he did not come out till late in the evening, his wife and other family members rushed to the SIT office. There were speculations on whether the director will be taken into custody. However, the officials clarified that he will not be arrested.

Cameraman Shayam K. Naidu will appear before SIT on Thursday. Actress Charmee Kaur was scheduled to appear on Thursday but SIT officials have changed the schedule.

Meanwhile, Charmee’s father Deep Singh Uppal has said that his daughter has nothing to do with the drugs case. He said the allegations had pained her.

Stating that Charmee is active in the film industry since she was 13, he said she would not indulge in such things to spoil her successful film career.

Actors Ravi Teja, Navdeep, Tarun, Subbaraju and Nandu, actress Mumaith Khan, and art director Chinna are among the other celebrities who will be questioned for their alleged links with the drug peddlers arrested in the case.

The racket caused a sensation as authorities found that about 1,000 students of leading private schools and colleges in the city were using high-end drugs such as LSD (lysergic acid diethylamide) and MDMA (methylenedioxy-methamphetamine). They have issued advisories to over 50 schools and colleges to curb the menace.

The SIT has so far arrested 13 accused including US citizen Dundu Anish, an aerospace engineer who had earlier worked with the NASA, and seven B. Tech graduates, most of whom were working for MNCs.

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Don’t spare anyone involved in drugs racket: Telangana CM


Telangana Chief Minister K. Chandrasekhar Rao on Sunday directed the Prohibition and Excise Department not to spare anybody involved in drugs racket.

Taking a serious note of the racket busted in Hyderabad earlier this month, which allegedly involves some personalities from Telugu film industry, Rao, at a review meeting with senior officials, asked them to act tough against drugs and adulteration and not to spare anyone however high may he or she is.

“In this shady business, don’t leave any one. Any politician, even if there is a Cabinet minister involved in this crime, book cases against him,” he said, according to a statement from the Chief Minister’s office.

KCR, as the Chief Minister is popularly known, said there was an urgent need to protect Hyderabad’s brand image as the city is Telangana state’s lifeline.

He said he was pained to hear that even blood is being adulterated and felt that new laws to be enancted, if need be, to punish the guilty with rigorous life term sentence.

Home Minister Nayani Narasimha Reddy, Excise Minister Padma Rao, Government’s Chief Advisor Rajiv Sharma, Director General of Police Anurag Sharma and other senior officials attended the meeting.

Excise & Enforcement Director Akun Sabharwal, who is heading in the probe in drugs racket, was also present.

The Special Investigation Team (SIT), probing the drugs racket, has served notices to 12 personalities from Telugu film industry based on the information provided by the accused already arrested in the case.

SIT officials said they would question these film personalities and would also try to find out if they were merely using drugs or were also involved in peddling.

SIT, which has so far arrested 13 accused, has found that about 1,000 students of colleges and schools in the city were using drugs.

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