Urgent need to protect image of city: K Chandrasekhar Rao

KCR takes cognizance of drug menace in TelanganaMore

KCR takes cognizance of drug menace in TelanganaMore

"Punish the guilty. Change Hyderabad into a drug-free city", KCR instructed the officers who included police, excise, medical & health, enforcement and CMO.

Coming as it is in close succession to the land scam involving prime land, corporates and politicians in the Cyberabad and fast-growing outskirts of Hyderabad, the drugs and narcotics issue could further mar the image of the city, which is one of the top destinations for investments.

With the drugs problem threatening to spill over from the confines of Tollywood and turn into a full blown crisis, Telangana Chief Minister K Chandrasekhara Rao convened a top-level meeting on Sunday. Had they taken the stringent actions, situation would have been different now.

KCR asks police and excise officials not to spare anyone.

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"In this shady business, don't leave anyone". Akun Sabarwal even cancelled his leave after Telangana Chief Minister KCR asked him to take the case seriously investigating it further. Expressing pain over the incident in last month wherein blood was adulterated with saline in the city, Rao asked the officials to modify the Acts to give the guilty life imprisonment and bring in changes and amendment to the existing Acts if needed.

The meeting was called on after the recent drug racket bust in Hyderabad where school children, Tollywood personalities, relatives of politicians MNC employees were found to be in touch with the arrested peddlers.

The Chief Minister said his government is giving complete freedom to the officials on this issue.

"But don't be complacent with the good work you have done so far, go ahead with much more zeal and work till the end".

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CM also said that it was he who asked DG (Enforcement) Excise Akun Sabharwal to not to go on his pre-scheduled leave as the case his department is investigating is sensitive and important.

Taking serious note of the narcotics supply in the city after the Prohibition and Excise Department busted a racket supplying LSD and MDMA to students and people from the film industry, Rao said, "Along with (other) drugs, cannabis is also being supplied in the city". For food adulteration, 340 cases were booked and 562 were arrested.

CM Rao also said that adulteration of food was equal to poison.

The meeting was attended by ministers- N Narasimha Reddy and Padma Rao, government's chief advisor Rajiv Sharma, DGP Anurag Sharma, excise commissioner Chandravadan, excise & enforcement director Akun Sabharwal and others.

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