Hyderabad: Police raid on pub, 144 people including actor and singer detained

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Hyderabad: Tollywood actor Naga Babu’s daughter and 144 people, including actors Niharika Konidela and singer Rahul Sipliganj, have been detained by the police for having an after-party party at a pub in Hyderabad. A pub at the Radisson Blu Hotel in the posh Banjara Hills was raided by Task Force personnel of Hyderabad City Police at around 3 am, who also found cocaine and other banned substances from the premises.

Those found partying included the daughter of a former Director General of Andhra Pradesh Police and the son of a Telugu Desam Party (TDP) MP and children of some other eminent personalities.
As soon as the police found some cocaine packets and after raiding the place some of the party-goers threw away the packets, the police took the people present in the pub to the nearby Banjara Hills police station and interrogated them.Ironically, singer and winner of Telugu reality show Bigg Boss Rahul Sipliganj, (who was among those detained) was part of a ‘drug-free Hyderabad’ campaign launched by the police. He sang a song as part of the campaign.

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Meanwhile, Naga Babu issued a video statement clarifying that though his daughter Niharika was present there, she did nothing wrong. He said the police had made it clear that it was not their fault. Superstar Chiranjeevi’s brother Naga Babu said, “Our conscience is clear.”Naga Babu appealed to social media and mainstream media not to spread ‘unwanted speculation’ about Niharika.

Those detained included 33 women and some staff members of the pub, who were found violating the rules by allowing the party to exceed the permitted hours. The pub became notorious for allegedly supplying banned substances and serving alcohol to outsiders, although it had a license to serve only hotel guests.

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Taking serious note of these violations and the failure of the concerned police station to act, Hyderabad Police Commissioner C.V. Anand suspended the SHO of Banjara Hills police station and issued a charge memo to Assistant Commissioner of Police Banjara Hills M. Sudarshan. Action was taken against him for negligence of his lawful duties in control of drugs in pubs and bars.

The raids took place amid an intensified campaign by the police against the drug menace. The recent death of an engineering graduate due to drug overdose and the involvement of some educated youth and technocrats in drug trafficking and consumption has worried the authorities. The police and the newly formed Hyderabad Narcotics Enforcement Wing are taking strict action not only against the peddlers but also against those who are consuming drugs.


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