Udta Kudla! CCB Sleuths Arrest 4 College Students for Peddling Drugs in ‘Educational City’ Mangaluru
Mangaluru: If you happen to see the 2016 Hindi movie “Udta Punjab” (lit.Punjab on a high), a Indian black comedy crime loosely based on and revolving around the drug abuse by the youth population in the Indian state of Punjab and the various conspiracies surrounding it, and locally here in Kudla, with students getting busted by cops for peddling drugs quite often, there are chances someday, a film in one of our local languages “Udta Kudla” may hit the silver screens soon!
Mangaluru aka Kudla, the headquarters of Dakshina Kannada district, appears to be headed the Punjab way with drug abuse, which has been prevalent there for nearly three decades among youngsters, especially students, now becoming rampant. Way back in 1991, the Link Anti-Addiction Citizens Committee (LAACC) had first launched a campaign against substance abuse, but many such efforts by NGOs over the years do not seem to have borne any fruit, with the problem only aggravating over time. But even in spite of police cracking down hard on drug peddlers, drug trafficking and dealing doesn’t seem like is dying down in this Educational City-Mangaluru- and the sad part is that students are also involved in drug peddling.
Sources reveal that Mangaluru City Crime Branch (CCB) in the morning hours of Thursday arrested four college students on the charges of peddling drugs in the city. Acting on a tip-off, the CCB sleuths launched raid at Morgan’s Gate, where the suspects were standing after purchasing cocaine, charas and ganja. The accused have been identified as Mangaluru residents Ananth Kuduva, Gopinath, Krishna Hegde and Habil Ahamad.
A case has been booked under sections 8(c), 20(b), 21, 21(c) and 22 of Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substance Act 1985 at narcotics and economic offences police station. It is learnt that the students during the raid and they were regularly peddling cocaine and other drugs in the city and their potential targets were other students in their colleges. All these four students are studying in two different colleges in the City. The accused are being produced to the court, and the quantity of the seized drugs is yet to be divulged by the CCB sleuths.