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Crackdown on Drugs Reaches Bars and Pubs in Hyderabad

Officer of the Special Investigative Team, set up to investigate growing instances of drug use in Hyderabad, held a meeting with various pub and bar owners. Based on evidence, licence of one such club, "F-Club", has also been suspended with immediate effect.

Sakshi Khanna | CNN-News18

Updated:July 22, 2017, 10:06 PM IST
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Crackdown on Drugs Reaches Bars and Pubs in Hyderabad
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Hyderabad: The excise department has now issued warning letters to 14 bars and pubs in Hyderabad in on-going crackdown on drugs.

This comes after the department crackdown on the drug trade in school, college and the Telugu film industry.

Officer of the Special Investigative Team, set up to investigate growing instances of drug use in the city, held a meeting with various pub and bar owners. Based on evidence, licence of one such club, "F-Club", has also been suspended with immediate effect.

Meanwhile, the questioning of various Telugu Film industry artists for their alleged links with drug peddlers continued the fourth day on Saturday. Till now, four celebrities have appeared before the SIT officials, which includes ace director Puri Jagannath and Bahubali film actor Subbaraju.

So far, 12 Tollywood celebrities have been summoned by the Excise department including actor Navdeep and Charmee Kaur, who are yet to appear. The SIT is collecting blood, nails, and hair samples of suspected people for further examination.

Filmmaker Ramgopal Varma came out in support of the industry and questioned the investigations in the ongoing drug racket case.

"I am wondering if school children taking drugs will also be summoned by SIT and be interrogated for 12 hours like they are doing to Purijagan and Subba Raju…Just asking? " Ramgopal Varma wrote of his facebook page.

"I think it’s right for Akun Sabharwal and his team to speak out and make it clear to people not to listen to malicious conspiracies and already think of people like criminals without even being charged or cases filed.", he added.

The police arrested 2 more people and seized MDMA from their possession.
| Edited by: Ashish Yechury
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