Hyd drug racket: Telugu cinematographer appears before SIT
Hyderabad, Jul 20 PTI : Telugu director of photography, Shyam K Naidu, appeared before the SIT of the Telangana Excise Department for questioning as part of an investigation into the drug racket in the city.
Naidu is among the 12 Tollywood figures, including actors, directors and producers, against whom the ministry last week published opinions in relevant articles of the Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances Act (NDPS), their Requesting to appear before its special investigation team (SIT).
SIT traffickers yesterday spent well-known filmmaker Puri Jagannadh for about 10 hours in connection with the cases recorded after setting off the racket on 2 July.
Excise officials last night said the filmmaker cooperated with the investigators during his interrogation.
They said that the director “Pokiri” gave “some clues” as part of the racket and that his blood sample was also taken.
Later, in a video message posted on his Twitter tweak Tuesday night, Jagannadh said he had no connection with Calvin Mascarenhas, an accused charged in the case or his gang members and that he never met.
I do not respect any illegal activity. I respect the police and have made numerous films for the police. Personally, I know journalists. I feel bad because some have shown me a bad light in their television shows without knowing Facts and ruined our lives, “he said in the video message.
“My mother and family members feel so bad about what happens on television, and the media has disturbed me,” said Jagannadh, who is also a screenwriter and producer.
Among the 13 people arrested so far in the framework of the racket is an American citizen, identified as Dundu Anish, a former aerospace engineer who had worked with NASA and seven BTech graduates, most of whom were working with multinational companies here.
The names of some of Tollywood’s personalities broke out during the interrogation of those arrested, the excise officials said earlier, adding that their investigation would focus on whether they (to whom notices were issued) Were drug addicts, hawkers or suppliers.
The counterfeiters sold high-quality drugs such as lysergic acid diethylamide (LSD) and methylenedioxy-methanhetamine (MDMA) after placing orders for them through Darknet and delivered the narcotics banned by courier.
In some cases, medicines were sent to them by courier from foreign countries.
SIT asked representatives of three large courier companies to meet with them as part of the audit in these cases.
A letter was also sent to the general manager of the main post requesting support from the postal service.
LSD, sold as tablets and liquids, is one of the most powerful chemicals for mood, while MDMA, commonly known as molly or ecstasy, is a popular recreational or festive drug.
According to investigators, the gang welcomed nearly 1,000 clients, including students from city-based schools and colleges, a film producer, senior officials from multinationals, in addition to some employees of cyberabad computer companies.