Kannada actors and heroines issued notice on drug issue

By G S Radhakrishna

Sep 2, 2020

Bangalore: The issue of drug mafia’s alleged nexus with sandalwood or Kannada film industry hotted up further with the CCB ( Central Crime Bureau) on Wednesday issuing notices to 9 actors and six actresses listed by whistle blower Inderjit Lankesh ( actor and film maker ) on Monday .

The city police and NCB are jointly conducting raids and search operations in various colonies of the city around the ORR ( Outer Ring Road) and have taken about 30 persons including a few women on charges of peddling, transportation of drugs etc.

Last week, the NCB and City police raided several hotels, resorts, luxury apartments etc and seized huge stock of Ecstasy (MDMA) pills and arrested M Anoop, R Ravindran and Ankita D, all pedlars and drug mules from Goa, and Andhra to Bangalore.Raids are in still in full swing in Manipal, Hubli, Mangalore, and Kalburgi on the informations given by the pedlars.

Police said Inderjit has offered to present some more information about drug networks in Bangalore tomorrow.Social activist Prashanth Sambargi also offered to provide more info to police and lauded Inderjit’s guts .

Meanwhile the Karnataka film chamber has taken a rigid stand on singling out film artists as ‘ druggists.The chamber also took objections to the term ‘ some prominent musicians and actors ‘ under scanner for drug trafficking.The chamber meeting tomorrow again to send a protest to Chief Minister B S Yediyurappa.

Social activists and.campaigners against drugs contend that during the political anarchy in the state between 2018-2020, Bangalore and its nearly 1650 farm houses and resorts have become hot spots of rave parties hosted for actors, industrialists, political leaders and galaxy of administrators( police IAS ,and judicial officers ) offering utmost privacy.

Police also hint about strong Kerala connection ( a Kerala CPM leader’s son) investing in drug trade in Bangalore.His business has now been catapulted to new heights during Covid-19 scenario in last six months. Some rave parties were held in resorts near Koramangala and Mysore Road frequently even now, say police sources.

Meanwhile, a Kannada actor Rakesh has shocked the authorities and also film industry by demanding that Ganja should be made legal and if needed IMFL could be banned. He says much of drug activity will fall if Ganja is legalised and government also could earn revenue .

Popular drug sold in Bangalore is the MDMA (methylenedioxy-methamphetamine), commonly known as ecstasy. It is a party drug that alters mood and its perception is chemically similar to stimulants and hallucinogens. One ecstasy pill costs between Rs 1,500 and Rs 2,500 in the domestic market and during weekends it is always in short supply soaring its OTC rate to some ₹4000.

–India News Stream