Actor discloses drug network in Kannada film industry; police on hunt

By GS Radhakrishna

Sep 1, 2020

Bangalore: After the explosive drug link in the suicide of Bollywood actor Sushant Singh Rajput, a Kannada actor Inderjit Lankesh has spilled the beans of rampant drug abuse in Sandalwood and the Kannada film industry. To substantiate his shocking claim, he called on state police officials on Monday and handed over a list of 15 industry persons including actors, actresses and pedlars .

Lankesh, son of former journalist P Lankesh says he did this in public interest . Former Karnataka Chief Minister and JD(S) leader HD Kumaraswamy on Tuesday added political tint to the burning issue by alleging that the drug money was used to topple his government last year, indicating a BJP connection in flourishing drug trade in the state.

Lankesh has claimed that there is a huge drug network in Saandalwood and many youngsters had become brand ambassadors of new drugs introduced in market, like CBD oil etc. He said he have given names of drug dealers and those involved in peddling it in the industry as drugs have become a major lure to get budding actresses and talents to rave parties in the mushrooming resorts of Bangalore .

State congress and BJP leaders refused to add to the spicy debates on the local channels. State home minister Basavraj Bommai, however, claimed that many pedlars ran away to Sri Lanka. Drugs and betting money were allegedly used in past for political games ,but not now .

Bangalore police joint commissioner Sandip patil says that they were probing the list provided by Inderjit Lankesh .The Narcotics bureau of Bangalore police claimed that they had busted most of drug network in last two years .Most of the peddars were African students and majority of them from Nigeria were arrested .

The city police have launched a massive tracking operation, on the lists given by Inderjit and known networks .However,  mutual blame game continued . An interesting feature was a denial spree by prominent Kannada actors for being participants in any of the parties etc.They says allege that sons of politicians, journalists, and also IAS and IPS are involved, but only the film industry is singled out.

—India News Stream